LaSalle Police Say They Won’t Randomly Stop People To Ask Why They’re Not Staying Home

Saturday April 17th, 2021

Posted at 1:27pm

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The Acting Chief of Police in LaSalle says that officers will continue to focus on compliance through engagement, education and, where appropriate, enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Be assured; we will not be conducting random traffic stops or person checks for the sole purpose of enforcing the stay-at-home order,” a statement from the chief says.

The province announced Friday that police would be given additional powers to stop people or vehicles to inquire why they are not at home.

They said effective Saturday, April 17th, 2021, at 12:01am, police officers and other provincial offences officers “will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence.”

Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said police would have the authority to stop people, including in vehicles, to question why they are not at home.

“It allows police officers to ask a person why they are not at their place of residence and what their place of residence is,” Jones said. “If you are not willing to comply, then you are breaking the law, and there is the option for police officer to issue a ticket.

Jones noted the fine was set at $750 for those violating the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

“We would like to express to the residents of LaSalle that your trust in and partnership with us is crucial in ensuring everyone’s safety and security. We ask that you assist us by continuing to do your part to abide by health regulations and guidelines to mitigate the spread of this deadly virus,” the statement read.

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