Kendall County Public Safety Center

Kendall County Public Safety Center. (WSPYnews.com photo by Jim Wyman)

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says they are limiting visitation to their correctional facility on John St., out of protection, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement from the sheriff's office, officials say the measures are temporary and will be reevaluated upon the advice of health professionals.

Sheriff's officials also say decisions about incarceration for crimes committed during this emergency period will be done in coordination and consultation with the judicial branch and the imposition of bail will be made on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Earlier in the month, the Kane County Sheriff's Office released 24 non violent low level crime inmates on either recognizance bonds or electronic monitoring. Kendall County has not indicated any jailed inmates have been released under abnormal circumstances outside of the bail/bond system.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says deputies will continue to patrol neighborhoods and enforce the law and will, "not accept disorder, misconduct or criminal acts and offenders will be held accountable."

As WSPY reported last week, Kendall County Undersheriff Bobby Richardson said that the sheriff's office was making several procedural changes out of safety.

Undersheriff Richardson said staff are wearing N95 masks when interactions are had with anyone who is symptomatic of COVID-19. Cleaning of holding cells and other hard surface cleaning is also being done every 24 hours at the jail.

Meanwhile, first responders remain at work.

The sheriff's office asked in the statement that everyone to try to ease the burden on first responders during this trying time and to please remember every health care worker, officer, paramedic and deputy has a family at home they are concerned about as well.

Officials are asking residents to be reasonable and be responsible, to follow the direction and requests of health officials, and to remain vigilant, take precautions and use your best judgment.

If at any time you need assistance, officials say first responders are only a call away.

Full statement:

Kendall County Sheriff’s Office COVID-19 Update

As we face an unprecedented and growing public safety threat, know that the dedicated first responders in law enforcement will be here to answer the call. Nothing is more important to the Sheriff’s Office than the health and safety of the community we serve. But, in the days and weeks ahead, we ask that you try and make the jobs of first responders easier.

The environment is rapidly changing. It is important that we all follow the advice of our local, regional, state and national health care professionals. While this safety challenge is global, we can all expect our daily lives to be disrupted and impacted to varying degrees. 

This is a time for residents of Kendall County and all of the residents of Illinois to come together. As a member of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association we are in contact with other members to implement best practices, share resources and support our communities. Together, Sheriffs urge calm, compassion and care.

But we also want the public to know that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol our neighborhoods and enforce the law. We will not accept disorder, misconduct or criminal acts and offenders will be held accountable. 

Decisions about incarceration for crimes committed during this emergency period will be done in coordination and consultation with the judicial branch. The imposition of bail will be made on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Our priority, as always, is to encourage compliance with the law and ensure that our communities are safe through reasonable enforcement measures.

To protect everyone’s health, the Sheriff’s Office is limiting visitation at our correctional facility. These measures are temporary and will be reevaluated upon the advice of health professionals.

We ask everyone to try to ease the burden on first responders during this trying time and please remember every health care worker, officer, paramedic and deputy has a family at home they are concerned about as well. We are all in this together. 

Be reasonable and be responsible. Follow the direction and requests of health officials. Remain vigilant, take precautions and use your best judgment. If at any time you need assistance, your first responders are only a call away.