Suspect test negative for covid-19 reports of police station closure false

The RBPF dismisses reports that one of its stations were closed amid covid-19 fears. A suspect in police custody however exhibited symptoms and was subsequently tested by members of the COVID-19 medical team.

In a press release today public relations officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, gave details on the situation.

"The Royal Barbados Police Force acknowledges that there has been erroneous news circulating on social media and formal media houses.

This news alleged that there was a closure of the District ‘E’ Police Station on Saturday 4th April 2020. This Media Release serves to advise the general public that the District ‘E’ Police Station located at Speightstown, St. Peter is currently open to serve the public. We wish to state emphatically that it was never closed to the public as was reported on various social media. On Saturday 4th April 2020, there was a situation where a suspect in custody at the station had exhibited symptoms, that given the current pandemic situation, it became necessary to have a medical examination by members of the COVID-19 medical team. As a precautionary measure, all police personnel who had come into contact with this individual whilst in custody remained self isolated at the station. The results subsequently came back negative for COVID -19. Both the suspect and all police personnel were cleared. At no point during this ordeal was a decision made to close the station. Please be advised that all Police Stations on island remain open as we continue in our quest to serve, protect and reassure the public especially during this pandemic crisis. The Royal Barbados Police Force takes this opportunity to encourage the public to comply with all the lawful directives relating to the Curfew. Police patrols will be taking a humane but zero-tolerance approach to breaches of this curfew." (RBPF)



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