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Newcastle Police Station is closed until further notice due to an official being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Despite this, SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer Lizzy Arumugam explains the community will still be able to rely on local law enforcement. “The Community Service Centre will be opened, and it will be at the back of the station.”
Directions will be placed around the station, ensuring Newcastillians will be able to locate the centre. On 15 January 2021, the Newcastillian – Online News questioned the Newcastle Police on what steps they were taking to ensure their staff’s safety.
Providing a detailed plan of action, the SAPS were proactive in their approach against COVID-19. Some of the steps included police officials working on rotation. This means that 50% of the members would work from home, while the other 50% would be on duty at the police station. These efforts ensure the station does not have several people on its premises at any given time as this would hinder the threat of the virus spreading among the police.
At the time, Arumugam emphasised if a member tested positive, and the result was given while he or she is on duty, all members who were in contact with them would go into isolation immediately. Moreover, the process does not end there. The area in which these police officers work will be cornered off with steps then taken to start the decontamination and disinfection process.
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