Prince Edward Island RCMP policing amid COVID-19

March 20, 2020
Prince, Queens and Kings Counties, Prince Edward Island

News release

Islanders, Canadians and people around the world are addressing their roles in the COVID-19 virus. The Prince Edward Island RCMP would like to assure Islanders that as an essential service, our mandate has not changed – to maintain public safety and security, the health and safety of all of our employees and to ensure we have the resources we need to respond to the calls that must be answered by police.

We have implemented contingency and business continuity plans to ensure police operations will be there when Islanders need us. We will continue to patrol the communities we police and we will also continue to investigate reports and complaints of crime.

As directed by health officials, we are continuing to take appropriate steps to "flatten the curve" associated with COVID-19, and you will see changes to how we do business as we contribute to efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.

As of noon on March 17, 2020, front counter service for RCMP Headquarters in Charlottetown and all RCMP detachments in Prince Edward Island is being scaled back. Fingerprinting, general information requests, criminal records checks and vulnerable sector checks will not be available until further notice. We will continue to accept reports of crime and/or non-emergency complaints.

For your health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees, please call the detachment whenever possible instead of going in person. For emergencies, please call 911.

You may receive a phone call from a police officer rather than an in-person response. When our police officers do respond, you may see them wearing personal protective equipment such as a face mask. This is for the safety of the public and our police officers.

Our Chief Health Officer has coined the right phrase that all Islanders should heed, "The best way for us to come together right now, is to stay apart."


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