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New police video series to highlight impact of pandemic

The video titled On Duty- The Pandemic Response is apart of a series created by the police force to let the public in on some of the stories being shared among officers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thunder Bay Police Service

THUNDER BAY - The Thunder Bay Police Service recently released a video showing how the current public health crisis is impacting front-line officers.

As officers in police departments across the country continue to make adjustments to their daily duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s local police force released a video this week touching on how officers are coping as they continue to work through the pandemic.

“It’s definitely had an effect on everyone at the service, there is no getting around that,” Chris Adams, director of communications and technology of Thunder Bay Police Service said.

The video titled On Duty- The Pandemic Response is part of a series to be created by the police force to let the public in on some of the stories being shared among officers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The five-minute video features Thunder Bay Police Service Deputy Chief Ryan Hughes speaking with officers on how they are coping with the challenges raised by COVID-19 in their work.

Adams explains how one officer featured in the video, Constable Tom Armstrong, has had to make sacrifices with his family life.

“His wife works in healthcare and he is a police officer so they decided to protect their young daughter by having her stay with grandparents,” he said. “That says a lot about commitment.”

Despite the challenges, Adams says the police force is committed to continuing their service through the pandemic.

“The video series we are producing is really a way of letting the public inside and just hearing the stories that are being told inside the (police headquarters) building and these cruisers,” he said. “We really want the public to really understand the commitment and the courage that our folks have and that is sworn and civilian to keep coming to work and keep doing the job they do.”



Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards reports on court and crime under the Local Journalism initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada.
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