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Somerset County Sheriff Proactively Responding to COVID-19 Crisis

Post Date:04/28/2020 4:30 PM

SOMERVILLE – Under the directive of Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo, county officers have been working diligently with countywide agencies to exchange information and determine the best operational procedures for tackling the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). They have been achieving this through daily briefings, command staff monitoring and adapting tactics as the unprecedented pandemic evolves. 

“Our officers are performing humanitarian missions for residents to help keep them healthy, safe and secure. This pandemic is an unprecedented emergency that is challenging us to constantly re-evaluate operational procedures and maintain public safety as the situation evolves,” said Sheriff Russo. “I thank our residents for their patience.”

The sheriff’s division will be increasing patrol activity at shopping centers, grocery stores, places of worship, train stations, medical offices and will assist local police departments as needed.  Officers have been working with the Board of Chosen Freeholders to provide safety, professionalism, and community service to provide the highest quality of law enforcement services.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Division consists of 60 sworn sheriff's officers, with countywide jurisdiction. Sheriff's officers assist local police departments, enforce criminal laws relating to fraud at the Somerville Motor Vehicle Commission, conduct prisoner transports, enforce traffic laws, serve civil process, execute warrants, transport inmates to court hearings and State Prison and provide court security for superior court judges at the county courthouse.

For information and updates about the coronavirus pandemic, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, the World Health Organization (, the New Jersey Department of Health ( and the Somerset County Department of Health ( 

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