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 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

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