The Quesnel RCMP detachment front counter remains open to the public, but as of March 18, the police will stop fingerprinting for non-essential purposes such as criminal record checks and pardons to reduce the chances of exposure to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

COVID-19: Quesnel RCMP will stop fingerprinting for non-essential purposes

Police are taking preventative steps to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the virus

The Quesnel RCMP is taking preventative measures to reduce the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19, such as suspending fingerprinting for non-essential purposes.

As of Wednesday, March 18, the front counter at the detachment will still be open during normal business hours, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, to reduce the chance of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, all fingerprinting for non-essential purposes such as criminal record checks, pardons, citizenship and volunteers will not be conducted until further notice, according to a news release from the Quesnel RCMP. If there is an emergent need for one of the above, people are being asked to please contact the detachment by phone and speak to the front counter staff prior to attending the detachment.

“The Quesnel RCMP will continue to prioritize calls for service they receive,” Sgt. Richard Weseen, the Operations Support NCO for the Quesnel RCMP, said in the release. “To reduce the chance of exposure to the virus, some calls that do not require police attendance will be dealt with over the phone. The public can also expect to be asked questions about experiencing symptoms of illness to help the officers decide how they will respond, in an effort to ensure their safety.”

The release emphasizes the priority of the Quesnel RCMP is to ensure public safety while continuing to provide core and essential policing services to the communities they serve.

To contact the police to report an incident, call 9-1-1 for emergencies or call the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211 for non-emergencies. Residents can also use the new Online Crime Reporting tool at bc.rcmp.ca/quesnel/report to report some incidents that do not require police attendance.

As of the provincial update March 18 at 3 p.m., there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region and 231 across the province.

READ MORE: 45 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., bringing total to 231



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Making memories: Quesnel Lake a second home for Gerich family

The family moved around B.C. for work but always returned to Quesnel Lake

Quesnel and District Daycare needs to find new home by winter

The daycare is a non-profit society and has asked city for help

This and that for seniors: play phone magic now for real

My smartphone … yes, I do have one, is way smarter than me

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Large rogue floating ‘island’ corralled by Lac la Hache residents

At least 60 feet wide, this large mass of plants is free-floating on the lake

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

Most Read