Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is encouraging his staff with Concealed Carry licenses to bring their firearms to work.
In a memo to his staff Friday, Jones said that all personnel with a valid Concealed Carry license are permitted to carry their weapon within the department's headquarters and while operating any sheriff's office vehicles while not on the premises.
The policy applies to all employees including, full-time, part-time and volunteers at the Hanover Street operational headquarters and correctional center. The building has a public lobby that is open 24 hours a day.
The memo comes after a civilian employee was recently threatened with a gun while driving their personal vehicle, according to Jones. He believes the employee was threatened because they had a Fraternal Order of Police emblem on their license plate.
"We encourage our people to really rethink having any markings on their car that states you're a police officer. It could be your spouse, it could be your kids driving the car." Jones said in a phone interview Monday.
When outside of the county building, staff members must adhere to all CCW guidelines, including observation of posted signs on any businesses, banks and government buildings prohibiting concealed carry, the memo stated. All personnel are required to carry their weapons concealed when out in public and away from the Hanover Street location.
“Every day I fear for their lives every day, every minute, every second. When my phone rings I fear for that,” said Jones
Jones closed the memo stating, "Everyone should exercise some extra caution at this time concerning their own person safety,"
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