Given rising case counts of COVID-19 within the Province and Niagara, coupled with concerns over new variants, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) has determined the need to implement a vaccination policy for members, effective January 4, 2022.
“Throughout the pandemic, the Niagara Regional Police Service has been committed to ensuring the safety of our community. A vaccination policy will ensure the on-going health and safety of our members, along with the community that we serve. This policy is one piece of the puzzle to reassure our members as well as members of the public.” says Acting Chief of Police Brett Flynn.
Members will be required to provide proof of vaccination status by December 17, 2021. The NRPS also recognizes its responsibilities and duties under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If a member is unable to be vaccinated due to a protected ground, they will be accommodated.
Should members wish to not disclose their vaccination status, or have chosen not to receive the vaccine, as of January 4, 2022, they will be required to demonstrate negative results from a rapid-antigen test.
As of January 4, 2022, members who elect either not to be vaccinated or to disclose their vaccination status and who decline to be tested will be placed on non-disciplinary unpaid leave.