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Trail RCMP helping to police non-compliance of COVID-19 restrictions

Trail RCMP are now in a better position to respond effectively to some COVID-19 concerns, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, describing a specific recent situation.

"On Sept. 6, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation after receiving a report of a 62-year-old male of Trail, who may not have self-isolated after a trip to the USA," Wicentowich said. "The male had been taking some appropriate precautions but needed to be reminded to completely self-isolate for 14-days when returning from the USA which included not attending his workplace. The male understood the need and agreed to do so after realizing his method of self-isolation was not effective."

Wocentowich said the Emergency Program Act provides police officers with the discretion to respond to these kind of scenarios through education and fines based on consideration of all of the factors in a given situation.

"Our last quarter stats saw we had quadrupled our unspecified or general calls," he said, adding many of those were COVID-19 related. "Some are people calling about out-of-country or out-of-province license plates, or concerns about people not complying with swlf-isolation requirements."

The Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment non-emergency line is 250-364-2566.