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TIMMINS POLICE RESTRICT ACCESS TO POLICE STATION, ALTER OVER THE COUNTER DELIVERY SERVICE MODEL – COVID 19

As a responsible policing agency, the Timmins Police Service is in direct and continuous contact with the Porcupine Health Unit (www.porcupinehu.on.ca) in regards to efforts underway regarding monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The seriousness of this situation demands that appropriate steps be undertaken to preserve the quality of service delivery offered by the Timmins Police Service.

Giving proper regard for the potentially debilitating effect that this respiratory disease can have on our community, the Timmins Police Service is opting to implement the following preventative measures.

In collaboration with the City of Timmins (City Hall) and the Porcupine Health Unit, the Timmins Police Service remains committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community.

Based upon the most recent data and information available, the Timmins Police Service has decided to temporarily modify some non-urgent service delivery mechanisms, effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 9:00 am.

These measures are aimed at protecting all by minimizing the possibility of human to human transmission of the virus.  Rest assured that all front-line emergency services remain intact and fully available.

The Timmins Police Service is asking the general public to restrict attending the police station at 185 Spruce Street South unless absolutely necessary.

In short, the Timmins Police Service will not be accepting in-person record check applications, Freedom of Information requests, or police advice until such time as it is deemed safe and responsible to re-implement these services in an “over the counter” fashion.

That said, the Timmins Police Service will continue to process record checks for employment purposes. 

Once these person to person services are deemed safe to offer over the counter once again, these services will be reinstated. Until that time, some services will only be available by telephone or online at www.timminspolice.ca.

Any applications that have previously been submitted are available for pick-up but it is strongly recommended that those persons call the Timmins Police administrative line (705-264-1201) prior to attending the police station.

As of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., if any person chooses to attend the police station, that person may be subjected to a brief, non-intrusive screening questionnaire related to the potential COVID-19 exposure.  It is hoped that the intent of this measure is understood as a protective undertaking implemented to enhance the health and readiness of Timmins Police civilian and uniform staff who serve this community. It is further asked that those persons who do not feel well or may be ill refrain from attending the Timmins Police facilities unless it is absolutely necessary.

At this time any person who calls the Timmins Police to request an officer attend a location for a non-emergent event will be subjected to additional and necessary screening questions related to potential COVID-19 health-related issues before a Timmins Police Service officer is dispatched to attend.  Some non-emergency calls for service may be diverted to officers that will take information over the phone.  All essential and emergency situations will still include the attendance of Uniform Police Officers.  Once again, this is for the protection and continued uncompromised ability of our officers to respond to calls for service from the general public.

For the immediate time being, Timmins Police Service personnel, both uniform and civilian maybe observed tending to their duties while wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks.  This measure is implemented for their own protection.

All standard emergency service functions completed by the Timmins Police Service remain available and intact.

Our systemic approaches and related safety precautions are based on the most current information made available from local health authorities and may be subject to change as circumstances change.

As these pandemic situations change, the Timmins Police Service must adapt accordingly in terms of approaches and responses to calls for service.

It is completely understandable that the current situation may cause individuals to experience stress and anxiety, but as Chief of Police, I want to reassure my community that the Timmins Police Service, its members both civilian and uniform and our community partner organizations are actively monitoring the situation so that our responses contribute to mitigating any potential harm.  As a community, we must work together to engage logical and patient approaches to this challenging situation.

Furthermore, I wish to acknowledge the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by the officers and staff here at the Timmins Police Service under these current and temporary challenging times.

I kindly refer you to the following reference sites for the most accurate and current information being made readily available to the public in regards to this situation.

The Canadian government’s webpage provides general information about COVID-19, travel advice, prevention advice and general health safeguard recommendations.

Ontario Ministry of Health

Every weekday at 10:30 am, the Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus web page is updated with the most up-to-date information, including the status of cases in Ontario.

Porcupine Health Unit

The Porcupine Health Unit maintains a webpage with current information. .

 

 

John Gauthier                                                                                                                                     

Chief of Police 

Timmins Police Service 

(705) 264-1201