Sheriff’s Office Breaks Down Process for Non-Compliance with Social Distancing Orders

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti joined in on the countywide update earlier today, detailing the process of non-compliance to social distancing as a violation, stating first,  “I have talked with the other chiefs and law enforcement in Niagara County and our goal is voluntary compliance.”

He added, “In the middle of a pandemic, the last thing I want; the last thing the other chiefs want, is our people out there charging people with not abiding by these regulations.”

Filicetti expanded, explaining what happens when his office receives a call.  “If we get a complaint, we will go out, giving the person the benefit of the doubt, saying: You know, maybe you weren’t aware of this, but this is what the Executive Order calls for.  This is what you need to be doing.” 

If someone refuses, Filicetti said, “As a last resort, if we don’t get that compliance, there are chargeable sections under Public Health Law, Article 12, and also several penal law sections that would apply.”