Nova Scotia RCMP officers threatened with COVID-19 contamination

SASKATOON,SK—MARCH 6/2019—9999 Spec RCMP – RCMP vehicle in North Battleford, SK. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (MATT SMITH/THE STAR PHOENIX)


Members of the Nova Scotia RCMP have reported being threatened in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the past several days, RCMP officers have reported being threatened to be coughed on by members of the public who claim to be COVID-19 positive.

While charges have not been laid to date, the RCMP will be addressing these incidents with the appropriate criminal charges. “A threat to transmit the COVID-19 virus is a threat to the wellbeing and health of our members which is a criminal offence. To actually carry out these threats would be an Assault on a Peace Officer,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke of Nova Scotia RCMP.

Nova Scotia RCMP remains committed to providing policing services to Nova Scotians, and wants to remind everyone that we all have a role to play in contributing to public safety during the current state of emergency. Members of the public are reminded to adhere to current public health guidelines with respect to slowing the spread of COVID-19. For more information, please visit:


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