Top Cop: vaccinated officers to enforce “Safe Zone” rules

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    The Acting Police Commissioner says vaccinated officers will be assigned to enforce regulations at “Safe Zones”.

    The initiative is due to come into effect on Monday, October 11th.

    Since being announced however, there have been questions about the vaccination status of enforcement officials, since the rules of the Zone require vaccinations for patrons and either vaccinations, exemptions or deferrals for workers.

    In a release issued this evening, Acting Top Cop Mc Donald Jacob emphasized that only vaccinated officers will be assigned to the Safe Zones.

    He says: “These officers will carry identification cards that will include a photo and will certify that they have been vaccinated. These cards will be issued and signed by the Commissioner of Police, after proof of vaccination has been verified.”

    He adds that in preparation for the rollout of the new guidelines, a meeting was held today with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram and other Ministry of Health officials.

    During this time, it was outlined that the enforcement will be a coordinated effort that will include officers of the TTPS, Municipal officers and Ministry of Health Inspectors.

    He adds however that in the case of any emergencies that may occur within a Safe Zone, to ensure an effective response, available resources will be deployed, which may include unvaccinated officers.

    The Acting Commissioner is also hoping that business owners and patrons will continue to work within the guidelines of the law, which includes ensuring that takeaway/curbside services are not conducted within the Safe Zones.