New COVID-19 restrictions for the province involve heightened Ontario police powers, but eight forces have said they won't be doing random stops.
Several police forces have commented on the new enforcement measures and addressed how they will be responding to them.
In a tweet, Waterloo's police force said they are reviewing the new measures but they "will not be conducting random vehicle or individual stops."
As we review the new #COVID19 provincial regulations announced today, please note that we will continue to focus on… https://t.co/h3A3nN6ccB— Waterloo Regional Police (@Waterloo Regional Police) 1618612736.0
Ottawa Police shared a similar statement, saying they "will not be conducting random stops. We will be taking a deliberate and careful approach that emphasizes equity, legality, and efficacy."
The president of the Peel Regional Police Association also tweeted, saying their members wouldn't be conducting random stops.
Common sense is the answer, not threats or scare tactics. Our members will NOT be conducting random vehicle or indi… https://t.co/XXkG5m09rx— Adrian Woolley (@Adrian Woolley) 1618629319.0
In Peterborough, police said they "will continue to be complaints-driven in our response to the increased provincial measures, that means we will not be randomly stopping people."
We are reviewing the new provincial #COVID19 regulations. Peterborough Police will continue to be complaints-dri… https://t.co/SJIKqMCOjP— Peterborough Police (@Peterborough Police) 1618626426.0
Halton's police chief also weighed in, saying "the HRPS will NOT be randomly stopping vehicles for no reason during the pandemic or afterwards" with the exception of RIDE programs.
To our amazing Halton citizens. We are all going through a horrific year of COVID-19 and all associated with it tog… https://t.co/k3nqpzyhqm— Chief Steve Tanner (@Chief Steve Tanner) 1618662171.0
Niagara Regional Police also tweeted, saying they will not be doing random checks.
The Niagara Regional Police Service is continuing to review the new provincial #COVID19 regulations to ensure appro… https://t.co/IuIh2unRNx— NRPS (@NRPS) 1618658653.0
Guelph Police shared a similar statement online, saying "it is not our intention to conduct random vehicle or person stops."
London's chief of police also commented, saying they were awaiting specific details but their "plan is to continue to engage, explain, educate & enforce in a fair & unbiased manner. We will not be randomly stopping people."
Our plan is to continue to engage, explain, educate & enforce in a fair & unbiased manner. We will not be randomly… https://t.co/xlhN5L7Kqd— Steve Williams (@Steve Williams) 1618628370.0
Ontario Provincial Police responded to the new orders by reminding residents that "law enforcement now has the ability to ask anyone outside their residence, including motorists, to indicate their purpose for leaving home and provide their address."
Please #StayHome and #StaySafe. Law enforcement now has the ability to ask anyone outside their residence, includi… https://t.co/vFKvtjFEYX— Ontario Provincial Police (@Ontario Provincial Police) 1618610946.0