WINNIPEG - Chief Danny Smyth has declared a state of emergency at the Winnipeg Police Service.
The WPS is dealing with 90 active cases of COVID and 170 personnel have booked off on leave related to the virus.
“We have some real challenges ahead. The current COVID-19 situation has significantly impacted our staffing resources. It has become necessary to execute parts of our Business Continuity Plan to ensure essential services – particularly in General Patrol,” said Chief Smyth.
80 officers have been assigned to general patrol starting on Monday, while additional cops from other units will be redeployed to backfill on short notice.