STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Stafford County Sheriff's deputies are adding a few new duties to their jobs. In addition to police work, they're now picking up and delivering medicine, groceries and other essentials to those in the community in need.
The agency put out a call on social media, letting the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions who face significant risks from the coronavirus, know they were here to help.
The post has since been shared hundreds of times.
The idea came from Sgt. Jason Aubry, who saw other agencies around the country doing something similar.
"It's kind of an added responsibility, but if we can keep some of these people inside and bring them their medicine and basic necessities, that could go a long way in protecting their health for years to come," said Aubry.
The community may see it as putting in extra work, but the deputies say it's just part of their job.
"Fighting crime is our primary function, but this is a real threat. This isn't just a public service, it's a genuine safety concern. Keeping people in their house is pretty much in our job description at this point," said Aubry.
If you are an elderly resident, or know someone who could use this service, call the non-emergency line at (540) 658-4400. Deputies ask that pick-ups are curbside or drive-through and are done between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.