Message from the Chief of Police to the Public on the Risks of COVID-19 for Officers


THUNDER BAY – The city’s police chief released a statement on the impact of the current pandemic on officers and their daily duties in a short video released last week.

In a short video posted to the Thunder Bay Police Service Facebook page, Chief Sylvie Hauth talks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local police services.

“The police often cannot avoid coming into close contact with the public in the performance of their duties,” Hauth said in the video. “You can help reduce non-emergency in-person contact with our agents by using our online reports on our website at or by calling our reception at 684-1200.”

Last week, the police service launched a special unit to provide front-line support to the Thunder Bay Police Service Uniform Patrol Branch, known as the Patrol Support Recall Unit.

“Very often a first police report can be taken over the phone, reducing the need for face-to-face contact between a uniformed patrol officer and a member of the public,” said a statement released at the time.

A 911 operator will determine if a situation requires immediate police presence or if a situation can be followed up by the patrol support recall unit.

Incidents the new unit may follow include: when a suspect is not present and there is no immediate risk to the safety of any person.

Patrol support recall officers will call a complainant and take a more detailed report of the incident.

Non-emergency incidents can be reported through the police’s online reporting tool by visiting here or by calling 807-684-1200.


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