Chief Bergen statement on police response to COVID-19

Chief Bergen statement on police response to COVID-19

Chief Bergen statement on police response to COVID-19

The following statement was released via the Prince Albert Police Service's social media channels on March 19, 2020.

 

As we all try to do our part to help control the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to reach out to you today to talk to you about what the Prince Albert Police Service is doing to manage this new challenge while still working to ensure public safety.

There’s no doubt that this new pandemic is having an effect on our operations here at the police service.

I wanted to tell you more about the steps we are taking to support the health and safety of our officers and front-line staff, and help protect local residents.

But first, I would like to be clear that while COVID-19 is presenting new challenges for our police service. We remain absolutely committed to ensuring your public safety. We will be there when you need us.

As a police service, we too are following the constant updates on this new virus.

The core functions of our police service haven’t changed. We are still policing Prince Albert.

As a police service, we are following guidelines around prevention.

We have closed the front office at our secondary location, the police substation on 10th Street East, and we ask that you go online to report a crime or request a criminal record check.

The front office at our main station remains open.

If it’s not absolutely necessary to come in, we ask that you take advantage of our online options instead.

Other measures we have implemented over the last few days include increasing office cleaning protocols at both locations, in our patrol cars and detention area.

All work-related travel has been postponed and meetings are being held online.

We have also changed the way we answer calls at our station and at the dispatch centre.

Calls to police that may not need to be handled in person, will be handled over the phone.

Anyone calling in can expect to be asked questions, such as:

  • Have you or anyone in your home recently returned from outside the country?
  • Are you or anyone in your home currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or in self-isolation at this time?

This is to ensure our police members have all the information they need in order to be able to help you in the safest way possible.

I want to close by saying that our police service is made up a strong and united team of police officers who are trained and ready to help if you need us.

It’s important to us that our members and staff also receive support to manage this new pandemic, both in their professional lives and their personal ones.

At this time, we ask for your support and cooperation to help us continue to do our jobs in the safest way possible.  You will continue to see our members out in the community, on patrol and on foot, and you may see us wearing precautionary equipment such as face masks or gloves as we work.

We ask that you join us in doing your part to practice safe social distancing and let us know if anyone in your home is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 before we respond, so we can all stay healthy.

If you have questions about our police response to COVID-19, please contact our non-emergent line at 306-953-4222 or online through our social media channels.

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