As COVID 19 cases continue to increase the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and Tazewell Police have amended their policies to help protect their officers.

The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department has suspended ion site visitation. Deputies will continue their regular patrols and answer emergency calls.

Tazewell Police have taken a similar approach. Their officers will continue their regular patrols while decreasing contact with the public. According to a statement on their social media, “This includes reports or minor parking lot crashes. In the event that a report is needed, you should call Claiborne 911 at 423-626-1911 and they will dispatch an officer to call you. This does not mean we are not still available. We are simply taking precautions to limit exposures.” Additionally Tazewell City Hall is closed to the public until further notice