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Calgary police officer tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 at 6:37 am MDT

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Calgary police officer tests positive for COVID-19

First case of COVID-19 confirmed at Calgary Police Service

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary police have confirmed Saturday one of its members has tested positive for COVID-19.

The member is an officer that works in a specialized area where other officers have not been interacting directly with the public in recent weeks.

The employee and their CPS partner are now in isolation and the rest of the team is working remotely from home.

“All of us in emergency services are regular people who have to balance our health, our families and our personal lives with the demands placed on us by our careers,” Chief Constable Mark Neufeld said.

“We know some of us are going to get sick or are going to need some time away to support our families. The service has plans in place to make sure we can look after our people while maintaining core services.”

CPS is also working hard to make sure frontline members who may have interacted with the public have the appropriate protective equipment.

The public may notice members wearing masks at calls where they will be in close corners with others, speaking on the phone, or asking people to step outside in order to practice physical distancing.

“We are working hard to make sure that we are protecting the public and our members through this pandemic,” Neufeld said.

“While the way we respond to calls might look a bit different these days, people need to know they should still call us if they need help. We will be there for them.”

The entire Calgary Police Service says they are grateful to everyone who is working every day to maintain essential services during this time and wish their member a speedy recovery.