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Sheriff encourages office staff to carry weapons at work

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is encouraging full-time and part-time non-deputy staff as well as volunteers with a valid Ohio CCW License to carry their weapon within the department’s headquarters and while operating any department vehicle away from the headquarters.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is encouraging full-time and part-time non-deputy staff as well as volunteers with a valid Ohio CCW License to carry their weapon within the department’s headquarters and while operating any department vehicle away from the headquarters.

In Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Richard K. Jones is urging his non-deputy staff to “exercise some extra caution” concerning their personal safety.

In a memo to full-time and part-time staff as well as volunteers, Jones urged those with a valid Ohio concealed carry weapons license to bring their weapon inside the department’s headquarters at 705 Hanover St. in Hamilton.

He also encouraged employees to carry their gun while operating any department vehicle away from the headquarters.

The memo — which was directed to office-type personnel, not deputies — came Friday after recent attacks against police officers across the country over the past two weeks.

In the memo, Jones also urged employees to plan their attire appropriately and carry their weapon discreetly when in public view.

Anyone entering the correctional facility must secure their weapon and ammunition in the lock box prior to entering the jail compound, he wrote.

Personnel must adhere to all CCW guidelines when off-premises, including observation of posted signs on any businesses, banks and government buildings prohibiting concealed carry, he wrote.