PSNI temporarily close station in Downpatrick following Covid-19 outbreak
32 officers are currently off work due to either testing positive or being close contacts.
Downpatrick police station in Down has been temporarily closed after a number of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
The PSNI announced the station would be closed for deep cleaning after 10 police officers tested positive.
Contact tracing has already begun and 22 further officers have been required to self-isolate.
The PSNI confirmed that any members of the public who are considered as being in close contact with relevant police officers have been notified.
“While there are robust measures in place across the Service to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, our officers and staff are also members of the community and the reality is that we face the same risks from this pandemic as all other residents of Northern Ireland," Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said.
“I want to reassure public that we have planned for this situation and have resources and staff in place to ensure continuance of service delivery to keep our people and our communities safe. We will be contacting people due to attend the station in the coming days to make alternative arrangements.
“We are also working to identify any other risks arising from this outbreak and will address those with our health care partners.”