Coquitlam cops will keep their distance while investigating crimes

The RCMP detachment policing Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam is working on social distancing while enforcing the law during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coquitlam RCMP will still investigate your call but Mounties may not visit you in person as the police department alters its protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said in an effort to increase social distancing, investigators will increasingly be looking to take statements over the phone for less serious incidents, like property crime, that occur in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. 

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“Social distancing is a responsibility for everyone, including emergency responders,” he said. “We’re minimizing personal contact for things like property crimes. Our officers are screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, talking to you more on the phone, and you’ll see us using more personal protective equipment, like gloves, masks and safety glasses.”

Police will still attend crimes against a person, like an assault or robbery. But they will be taking additional measures to protect themselves and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We might ask you to speak to us outside or find different ways of getting your statement instead of coming to the police detachment,” McLaughlin added. “And as the pandemic goes on, we’re going to keep adjusting our methods based on the science and direction given by our public health authorities.”

As always, people can report emergencies by calling 911. For less urgent matters, like property crime, residents should call the Coquitlam RCMP’s non-emergency number at 604-945-1550.

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