The Prince Albert Police Service is releasing statistics on the rate of vaccination for all members of the organization as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Prince Albert Police Service has committed to mandatory testing or proof of full vaccination to ensure both safe delivery of service to the community and a safe workplace.
Statistics released this week ahead of the next Board of Police Commissioner’s meeting show that 95% of PAPS police officers are fully vaccinated; 93% of civilian members are fully vaccinated; and 94% of our partners (volunteers and contract workers) are fully vaccinated. The overall rate of vaccination for the entire Prince Albert Police Service is 94%.
Since October 12, 2021, all PAPS members have been required to get tested weekly, or provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Any member of the organization who chooses testing as an option is supplied with free rapid tests and is required to test at the start of their work week.
The Prince Albert Police Service continues to follow Public Health guidelines around masking, distancing, and continuous sanitizing of work areas, police vehicles, equipment and the detention area. Police officers and civilian members also continue to wear masks and maintain distance in the workplace, when in the community and when working with the public as much as possible.
Early in 2020, contingency plans were updated in the event that COVID-19 significantly impacts staffing and essential services. The Prince Albert Police Service Pandemic Plan includes procedures to redeploy officers from specialized, support and investigative units back onto front-line patrol to ensure the Service can continue to respond to the public at all times, with options for members to work from home.
In the fall of 2020, the virus impacted a number of officers with our organization, and our integrated teams from Saskatchewan RCMP assisted with additional supports. Resources continue to be adjusted as needed to accommodate absences by a small number of staff, including deploying some officers from our Crime Reduction Team (CRT) and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) to support front-line patrol.
The Prince Albert Police Service continues to support all Public Health guidelines and remains committed to supporting our community, and members of our organization, in staying healthy.
Anyone wishing to enter either of our police stations is required to wear a mask and is asked not to attend in person if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Residents can still access online options to report a crime or request a criminal record check through our website at papolice.ca.