| Monday, June 1, 2020
– PRESS RELEASE –
Clarification and direction relating to the Governor’s Curfew Order
Sheriff Dedman and the Apache County Sheriffs Office are taking a commonsense approach to the issuance of Governor Ducey’s statewide Declaration of Emergency. Sheriff Dedman views this Declaration as it was intended to be viewed. Governor Ducey states, “This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen here and in cities nationwide”. “Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest”. The specific purpose of this Declaration of Emergency is designed for those whose loot and facilitate lawlessness only. It is not designed to limit or restrict the free movement of law-abiding citizens.
The Apache County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Dedman, has no intention of imposing a curfew on the law-abiding citizens of Apache County. If our citizens are out on legitimate business or pleasure they will be fine. If you are out during the hours between 8 PM and 5 AM within Apache County, and you conduct yourself in a lawful manner, you have no reason to worry about your movements or travel. The Apache County Sheriffs Office will not be restricting travel activity or businesses.
Apache County Sheriff’s Office advises, we caution anyone who assembles with the intent to loot, riot or promote lawlessness or seeks to disrupt the peace of Apache County citizens. We will enforce the laws of the United States of America and the great state of Arizona to provide peace and tranquility for our citizens. We remain “Honored To Serve, Proud To Protect.”