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NPF Update #3 Coronavirus / COVID-19

NPF Executive and Directors continue to be actively engaged with the Commissioner, Commanding Officers and District Commanders regarding Member safety and wellness during this pandemic response.

As the situation evolves rapidly with daily and even hourly updates, more and more provinces are declaring states of emergency which, among other things, increase and focus powers related to policing and protecting community safety. We expect more, if not all provinces to follow suit with similar orders.

We have had some Member inquiries regarding redeployment and altering of shift schedules to support Members on the front line. In the absence of a collective agreement, the National Compensation Manual is our guide and it speaks to redeployment of Members in these situations. Please refer to NCM Ch. 2.4 Redeployment, specifically 2.4.5:

  • 5. A redeployment occurs in any of the following situations:
  • 5.1 a major operation which is a planned and coordinated investigative operation;
  • 5.2 a major event which is of national or international significance within Canada, where the overall responsibility for security rests with the federal government, see PRPM ch. 8; and
  • 5.3 a declared emergency, extreme circumstance or high-risk situation, e.g., flood, major forest fire, aircraft crash, sudden criminal or civil disorder, such as a riot, prison break or labour strike.
  • 5.3.1 The home unit work schedule ceases to be in effect 72 hours after the start of the redeployment to a declared emergency, extreme circumstance or high-risk situation. The redeployment work schedule becomes the new home unit schedule after the first 72 hours.

The NPF has advanced many concerns received from across Canada regarding COVID-19 protective equipment and practices to RCMP management and we are monitoring management’s response. We continue to ask you to alert us to the issuance or lack of availability of PPE, excessive work hours, concerns re sanitizing of workplaces, or other areas where there are issues or concerns. You are one of the first lines of defense in protecting our communities and you deserve protective measures.

Your safety in all circumstances is the NPF’s utmost concern.

Please be safe,

In the meantime, here are three other things you can do to help.

  1. Join the NPF.  Click here.
  2. Share this information with your colleagues.
  3. Stay informed by downloading our app on iTunes or Google Play. (You don’t need to join or share your personal email to use our app.)

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