Social distancing.

Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for law enforcement and health care requirements.

Cleaning and sanitizing of work areas and units during shifts.

All of these things are normal activities during the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office’s daily operations during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

If you go to local stores attempting to purchase disinfectant or hand sanitizer, you realize it’s hard to find.

Last week, a local Natchitoches business (Cane River Brewing Company) reached out to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office in an effort to assist us in keeping our deputies safe from COVID-19.

Cane River Brewing Company began the process of manufacturing hand sanitizer a couple of weeks ago.

On Thursday, Justin Krouse, Cade Gentry and Emily Zering delivered 10 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright said the hand sanitizer will be utilized by personnel at the sheriff’s office and detention center.

“This will enable us to ensure our deputies will remain safe and also show our support to local businesses,” said Wright.

Inspired by other breweries across the country taking on similar projects and in search of a way to help, Cane River Brewing began working on the hand sanitizer initiative in late March.

“We have the capability and the equipment to make hand sanitizer, so it was a no-brainer for us to make the decision to create a product that keeps our first responders, frontline workers and Natchitoches community members safe,” said Justin Krouse, co-founder of Cane River Brewing. “Our normal operations have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but our community is the center of our focus during this uncertain time.”

Krouse said the goal is to support and supply the hand sanitizer to law enforcement and health care providers, however, the sanitizer will also be available for purchase by private individuals and industries.

“Thank you, Cane River Brewing Co., for stepping up and assisting our law enforcement, health care workers and community when we needed,” said Sheriff Victor Jones.