Halton police chief says officers won’t stop residents for no reason during pandemic

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Published April 17, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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Halton police chief Steve Tanner says officers won’t be randomly stopping vehicles during the pandemic or afterwards, with RIDE being an exception.

Tanner’s statement comes after the province announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday, giving police the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence.

“To our amazing Halton citizens. We are all going through a horrific year of COVID-19 and all associated with it together,” Tanner said.

“We will work with our citizens to maximize safety. Enforcement ONLY when necessary.”

In Peel, the head of the PRPA issued a similar statement, saying the new restrictions conflicted with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The restrictions, which were announced on Friday, also call for the closure of outdoor recreational amenities and restrict travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec, among other restrictions.

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