He also said his department — and other police agencies in Butler County — are already fully engaged with fighting crime, often with dwindling personnel and financial resources brought on since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
Wearing a protective mask, he said, “should be left up to the individual.”
“I don’t have the personnel to enforce mask wearing,” Jones said, adding an invitation to local health officials to step up and enforce the new state mandate in place of his deputies.
He also warned residents who live in parts of the county policed by his department to not call 911 to report people not wearing masks.
“Don’t call our dispatch center … we cannot enforce people not wearing masks,” said Jones.