Yorkton RCMP Staff Sergeant Comments on Loss of Manpower, Detachment Closing to the Public Due to COVID-19

Additional measures have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after an officer of the Yorkton RCMP detachment tested positive for the virus.

Staff Sergeant Jeff Simpson comments that despite the loss in manpower, with 14 other officers who are in self-isolation as close contacts, the detachment will not be bringing in additional officers from other communities.

“The Yorkton detachment is one of the bigger detachments in the Southern district within the RCMP in Saskatchewan, and as such we have a lot of officers posted within the Yorkton detachment so our operations have not been impacted,” Simpson said.

Simpson also notes a COVID plan has been in place since the pandemic started.

“That includes ensuring our workplaces are safe. We have adequate PPE for our officers and members of our community that come into the detachment,” he said. “We have increased our routine of cleaning in the detachment, both within the detachment, our facilities in City Hall and our police vehicles and the equipment we have outside.”

The detachment has closed its front office to the public for non-emergency matters, but Simpson says members are still on-duty 24/7 to provide service to Yorkton and the surrounding area.

The Yorkton RCMP detachment is expected to re-open on October 12th.

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