Chair of Waterloo Regional Police Services Board Karen Redman says that Waterloo Regional Police will continue to offer essential services to make sure everyone remains safe.
She is also reaching out to the public for help, saying they can't do it alone.
“As a community, I am calling on you to help. This health crisis is something that must be taken seriously by every member of this community – and it must be taken seriously now. Each day, the number of people affected continues to climb. It is imperative that we take appropriate action to reverse that trend. Your health, safety and welfare are our top priority.”
She is reminding everyone to maintain social distancing, and that we all have a moral obligation to stop the spread of the virus.
Redman says declaring a state of emergency will help ensure a collective and coordinated regional response to ensure the safety of local residents.
“I want to reassure you that members of your police service are working tirelessly to ensure your safety. Members continue to offer essential service to our region, and have enhanced proactive patrols throughout the entire region. I want to personally thank them for their work – which they do 24 hours a day, seven days a week – to ensure you are kept safe.”
She says the community can help by taking the pandemic seriously, and by taking appropriate action to halt the spread of the virus.