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Here’s what area law enforcement agencies are doing about mask mandate

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Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - One of the most divisive topics in recent memory has become the state's face mask mandate.

Here is a look at how law enforcement in western Wisconsin will be handling enforcement of the governor's order

Eau Claire Police Department

Eau Claire police did not give a definitive answer one way or another, rather said they "will continue to work in partnership with the community to assist in the education and navigation of current state and local orders."

Dunn County Sheriff

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says it will not be responding to complaints of people not wearing masks nor taking an law enforcement action. The sheriff's office says it will respond to complaints from businesses who have asked a person to leave if the person refuses to.

Yesterday, the Governor issued Executive Order #82, mandating the use of face coverings for all individuals who are...

Posted by Dunn County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 31, 2020

Chippewa County Sheriff

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office supports and promotes masks and face coverings to stop the spread of the virus but they are asking people not to call 911 or the non-emergency lines to report people not wearing a mask. They say it is important to keep those lines open for people who need them. In addition the sheriff's office says it will continue to focus on crimes as opposed to responding to complaints about people not wearing masks.

Pepin County Sheriff

Pepin County Sheriff Joel Wener says his office lacks the resources needed to "become the mask police" in Pepin County. He, too, is asking people not to tie up phone lines with mask complaints. He said his office will work with the health department to encourage people to comply with the order.

The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office lacks the resources needed to become the mask police in Pepin County. We will work...

Posted by Pepin County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 31, 2020

Pierce County Sheriff

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office will be taking an educational approach to enforcement. Sheriff Nancy Hove says all complaints will be forwarded to the Pierce County Health Department.

To: PublicFrom: Sheriff Nancy HoveReference: Memo regarding Gov. Evers Executive order Declaring Public Health...

Posted by Pierce County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 31, 2020

Washburn County Sheriff

The Washburn County Sheriff was the first to come out and say he would not be enforcing the governor's order. He calls it a "government overreach" and says it is unconstitutional.

Barron County District Attorney

Barron County DA Brian Wright said he will not prosecute any complaints of a mask ordinance violation. He said he is not sure clear authority to prosecute exists.

St. Croix County Sheriff

The St. Croix County Sheriff says this is a public health concern and should be left to public health officials. The sheriff's office will focus on crimes and public safety offenses as opposed to responding to mask complaints.

Governor Evers has released an Executive Order regarding the wearing of face coverings in certain situations as a result...

Posted by St. Croix County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sawyer County Sheriff

Sawyer County Sheriff Doug Mrotek said his office will not be responding to complaints of people violating the governor's order. He said the department's goal is education. The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office will respond to complaints from business owners if some refuses to leave.

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