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COVID-19 and our community

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

York Regional Police continues to respond and adapt to changes in crime trends and calls for service as a result of COVID-19 and the changes to daily life in our community.

York Regional Police is responsible for taking reports and/or responding to calls related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act invoked by the Province of Ontario.

The emergency declaration calls for the mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces and recreational amenities, strict restrictions on social gatherings and the demand that people stay home. If you must go out, you are to practice physical distancing by staying at least two metres, or six feet, away from others.

We are receiving numerous calls and emails to our general mailbox regarding businesses and people failing to follow the emergency orders. Residents should call our non-emergency line at 1-866-876-5423 to report these violations. We cannot take reports over email or on social media.

Currently we are focusing on education, reiterating the fact that residents must comply with the provincial orders. But we are investigating these reports as they come in and are prepared to lay charges when warranted.

Most calls relate to non-essential businesses operating and people failing to isolate or maintain physical distance. We are not laying charges for having more than one person in a vehicle as has been reported and shared on social media. 

Stay up-to-date on Ontario's emergency orders on the province's website.

Police facilities remain closed to the public

All York Regional Police facilities remain closed to the public as we work to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, please call 1-866-876-5423 toll-free, or complete a report online at yrp.ca/ReportIt

Anyone contacting police for assistance can expect to be asked additional screening questions to limit the potential for spreading illness. There will be no changes to police response in an emergency. York Regional Police continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will continue to follow the direction from Health CanadaOntario Ministry of Health and the Region of York Public Health Unit.

Police record checks available only to essential services workers

Applications for police record checks can be submitted online at yrp.ca/OnlineChecks. When services resume, applicants will be contacted with instructions to pick up their completed police record check.  

Exceptions will be made for essential services workers. More details are found on our Police Record Checks page.

Freedom of information requests

Currently, freedom of information requests must be made in writing and submitted via mail. Learn more about freedom of information requests.

Recent crime trends and crime prevention tips

Media release - April 1, 2020

York Regional Police continues to respond and adapt to changes in crime trends as a result of COVID-19 and the changes to daily life in our community. The following outlines some changes in crime trends that have been noticed and recommended crime prevention tips pertaining to areas where there have been increases.

Overall crime in York Region has decreased approximately 13 per cent in March 2020 compared to March 2019.

York Regional Police has received more than 200 reports related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in the past seven days. The calls have been related to non-essential businesses operating and people failing to isolate or maintain physical distance. At this time, York Regional Police has not laid any charges under these new provisions and have been working to educate members of our community on what is required.

Information on the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act can be found on the Government of Ontario website.

See the entire media release, including crime trends and statistics over March 2020.