Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – On March 25, 2020, a Saskatchewan RCMP police officer was advised by the Saskatchewan Health Authority they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The officer immediately self-isolated as per the direction given by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The officer was subsequently tested and, on March 28, 2020, the officer was advised their test result was positive for COVID-19. The officer will continue following the direction of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and remain in self-isolation. The officer is stationed in Prince Albert.
The Saskatchewan RCMP is following all directions given by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in relation to this positive test result. This includes disinfecting any areas the officer may have been in as well as working with SHA investigators to ensure the officer’s co-workers are notified and follow the direction given by the SHA.
We understand that people are worried about COVID-19 in their communities.
So are we.
As first responders, the Saskatchewan RCMP is mindful of these concerns and is a full participant in the public health effort to fight COVID-19.
As members of the communities we live and serve in, Saskatchewan RCMP employees are not immune to the risks of COVID-19. As an organisation, we are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of both our employees and the public we serve. We have enhanced cleaning of our detachments and police vehicles to keep our work environment as clean as possible. To help maintain the wellbeing of our officers responding to calls for service, our Divisional Operational Communications Center has implemented two new questions to help assess any potential health concerns and ensures our officers can take appropriate measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Members of the public calling to request police assistance can expect to be asked:
Are you or any member of your residence ill at this time?
Have you or any member of your residence had contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID 19?
The Saskatchewan RCMP will continue to follow direction from SHA officials with respect to any possible exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, the Saskatchewan RCMP will continue to work closely with the SHA to ensure proper monitoring and notification protocols are maintained.
We are committed to keeping the public informed. In consultation with the SHA, we may provide more specific location information in future updates if this is needed to ensure the safety of others in the community. We of course respect our employees’ right to privacy and will not be identifying them publicly or providing ongoing health updates.
Residents in the communities we serve should know that even if some of our front-counter services may be suspended at detachments, the Saskatchewan RCMP is still on the job, responding to calls, working around the clock to keep our Province safe.
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