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RCMP SEARCHES FOR SAFE MASKS FOR ITS BEARDED OFFICERS

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The RCMP says there is no safe and proven face covering for officers with beards, but it is working to find one for Sikh members temporaril­y sidelined from front-line policing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed disappoint­ment that Sikh RCMP officers find themselves on desk duty during the pandemic because their religiousl­y mandated facial hair makes it difficult to properly wear a mask. The RCMP said officers’ situations can often be dynamic, moving from risk to risk without warning, including wading into crowds and dealing with agitated and impaired people in various settings. All RC MP officers must be given the opportunit­y to both serve their community and practise their faith, said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, pictured, the cabinet member responsibl­e for the police force.

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