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Polic­ing Dur­ing a Pan­demic

- Health · Society · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Royal Canadian Mounted Police · Surrey

Like all or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Sur­rey RCMP has had to adapt its op­er­a­tions due to the pan­demic. In March, we cre­ated the COVID-19 Com­pli­ance & En­force­ment Team (CCET) with the City of Sur­rey to help busi­nesses and res­i­dents un­der­stand the public health or­ders and the role they play. The cre­ation of this team also pro­vided us with a way to re­spond to health or­der con­tra­ven­tions with­out neg­a­tively im­pact­ing our front­line po­lice ser­vice.

Over the past seven months, the

CCET has checked thou­sands of busi­nesses, faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions, and public spa­ces. While en­force­ment is an op­tion, the CCET fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion and vol­un­tary com­pli­ance with health or­ders. This ap­proach has proven suc­cess­ful with less than 0.5% found to be non-com­pli­ant. Just ten vi­o­la­tion tick­ets have been is­sued since fines were put in place in Au­gust.

While the pan­demic caused dis­rup­tion to schools and youth pro­gram­ming in the Spring and

Sum­mer, we are pleased to have our School Re­source Of­fi­cers back in Sur­rey schools this fall. We have also adapted our Shat­ter­ing the Im­age and Project Laven­der pre­sen­ta­tions for vir­tual de­liv­ery to youth and par­ents.

We are mind­ful that the pan­demic has been par­tic­u­larly hard on our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens – both fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally. We con­tinue to sup­port these in­di­vid­u­als through our Po­lice Men­tal Health Out­reach Team, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our health and so­cial ser­vice part­ners.

As the scope of the pan­demic changes, we will ad­just its op­er­a­tions ac­cord­ingly. Our goal, as al­ways, will be to keep Sur­rey busi­nesses and cit­i­zens safe.

 ??  ?? As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brian Ed­wards
Sur­rey RCMP Of­fi­cer in Charge
As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brian Ed­wards Sur­rey RCMP Of­fi­cer in Charge

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