Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims reportedly has said she will not enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom's new coronavirus curfew.
Newsom added new COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday, including limited stay-at-home orders and overnight curfews for nonessential work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every Saturday through December 21.
Mims said she will not be penalizing residents who do not follow the curfew.
"We've got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators," said Mims. "We're not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens."
Mims also said that the Sheriff's department will not be setting up checkpoints or pulling people over for being out past curfew. Other law enforcement agencies, including Merced County sheriff's deputies, Madera police, Visalia police, and Kings County deputies also said they plan to take a hands-off approach to the curfew.
"We're gonna continue to do our law enforcement responsibilities to protect the community. We're enforcing it through education and try to encourage compliance," said Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson.
Other officers echoed the sentiment.
"We're not going to enforce any of those orders. The Kings County Board of Supervisors has asked us to take an educational approach. We're going to refer people to the written guidelines to prevent the spread," said Kings County Sheriff's Commander David Dodd.
Although the city of Fresno is not going to enforce the curfew, it did send out a release asking residents to "voluntarily comply."