The city’s top Mountie says measures are in place to make sure the Kamloops RCMP detachment remains adequately staffed as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens.
“Locally, at Kamloops detachment, we are prepared for the upcoming weeks and months,” RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said. “Management meets on a daily basis to discuss changes that have occurred in the previous 24 hours.”
Lecky said detachments across B.C. have received direction on best practices from provincial headquarters.
B.C. RCMP spokeswoman Janelle Shoihet said the agency is prepared.
“As an emergency-response agency, we do have existing protocols and procedures that deal with these types of health situations,” she said in a statement to KTW.
“As police officers, we routinely have to take precautions due to contacts with individuals and communicable diseases. Our members deal with exposure to bodily fluids and other hazards regularly, so our training and procedures have always focused on reducing those risks.”
Shoihet said RCMP brass are “continually assessing” potential updates to processes.
Lecky told KTW the Kamloops detachment has made contingency plans for officers or staff who may contract the virus that causes COVID-19.
“These plans will ensure there are always adequate numbers of officers to respond to calls for service in Kamloops,” he said.
Lecky said the well-being of the community remains the focus for Kamloops Mounties.
“Keeping our community safe is our priority,” he said. “Equally important is the health and safety of the officers and municipal staff at Kamloops detachment.”