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Message from Chief Drolet on COVID 19

Thu March 19, 2020


The events of the past few weeks have certainly been fast moving and unprecedented.  I would like to take a few moments to speak with you about your Saint John Police Force.

Be assured, as we continue to move forward, your Saint John Police Force is prepared.  All of the services you have come to expect are still in place.  The delivery of those services may be presented in a different format but the end result is still the same - protection for you and the community.

The Saint John Police Force has taken several measures to ensure Force Headquarters at 1 Peel Plaza is fully supplied with the products needed to ensure top hygiene for our employees and workspaces.  In the coming days and/or weeks, if you happen to see an officer wearing protective wear, such as a mask or gloves, do not be alarmed.  This is to ensure we stay healthy and can continue to serve you and the community. 

In the event our officers are required to take time away from their duties, a contingency plan is in place.  This plan is continually being updated as we are provided with the latest information in regards to the COVID-19 situation.

At this time, communicating with our staff over the phone by calling (506) 648-3333 or through other means of technology would be the best way to proceed.  This will ensure your health, and ours, as we deal with this current event.

If you have urgent business to conduct in person at Force Headquarters, a portable hand-washing station has been set up between the front entrance doors.  I urge you to please wash your hands before coming into the building.  This will help us stay healthy and serve the community.

For only having been Chief of the Saint John Police Force for one month, I can tell you that in that time, I have been immensely impressed with the community and the people who serve with us.  The dedication of our officers and civilian employees is second-to-none and it is an honour not only serving with them but also serving our great community.

I apologize that I have not been able to speak with you sooner and under better circumstances.  I look forward to meeting with many of you soon and thank you all for your trust, as your Chief of Police.

In closing, I want to thank all of the members, both sworn and civilian, with the SJPF, all of the first responders and front line workers who are working around the clock in dealing with Covid-19. Together, we will get through this and be stronger for the effort.

Our Community is strong and resilient, let us continue to support and take care of each other now and going forward.

Stephan Drolet
Chief of Police/Chef de Police
Saint John Police Force