In the context of the global pandemic, the SPVM introduced special measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus in its ranks whilst enabling it to continue to provide services to citizens.
Given its prevention capacity, the SPVM played a major role in promoting awareness on respecting sanitary measures and reinforcing application, where necessary, to support Public Health.
To fight more effectively against the pandemic, police officers have also had to adapt to 12-hour shifts. This measure contributed to securing an adequate minimum workforce (critical mass) to respond to calls whilst reducing the risks for police officers of contracting the disease.
Based on the evolution of the pandemic in the territory and according to directives issued by Public Health and the different levels of government, SPVM units presented a common front to cover all aspects to enable continuity of essential services provided to the public whilst protecting the health of our staff.
Therefore, concerted steps were intensified in record time, particularly relating to the supply and rapid distribution of personal protection equipment, including N95 masks, rearranging the workplace, adapting and providing mandatory training, and deploying computer equipment to enable essential staff to work from home.
The SPVM police officers’ equipment, methods and working environment changed with the aim of limiting the spread of the virus among our ranks and the public. During the year, 171 employees (145 police officers, 7 police cadets and 19 civilian employees) tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 125 were fit for work on December 31, 2020.
The exceptional mobilization of staff and everyone’s assiduity in respecting the sanitary requirements undoubtedly helped to prevent a greater spread of the virus in the organization.