National Police Federation slams B.C.’s proposed enforcement of travel bans

Says hearing “loud and clear” from growing number of RCMP Members asking them to oppose this proposed order

SURREY, BC – The National Police Federation spoke out against B.C.’s proposed police participation in enforcing a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel outside of the province.

The National Police Federation said it has been hearing “loud and clear” from a growing number of RCMP Members asking them to oppose this proposed order. In addition to shouldering an already heavy and increasing workload, participating in enforcement “roadblocks” puts even greater pressure on limited resources and puts RCMP Members at further risk of exposure and possible infection, said Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation on Wednesday.

Sauvé also said they are continuing to enhance and build on their relationships with vulnerable and racialized communities and the ambiguity and potentially negative impacts of these orders risk reversing this progress.

“Last week, the Government of Ontario announced a similar measure, and, that same day, Ontario police services took the unusual step of roundly rejecting that order,” said Sauvé. “They explained in no uncertain terms that Ontario police officers had no appetite to act on enhanced powers that are typically found in police states, and that doing so would erode a currently fragile public trust, especially with vulnerable and racialized communities.”

The National Police Federation (NPF) represents 20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally. The NPF is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada; the second largest in North America and is the first independent national association to represent RCMP Members.