Penticton RCMP are cutting their front desk services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. (File Photo)

COVID-19: Penticton RCMP close front counter

All non-essential services, include fingerprinting, will be unavailable.

Penticton RCMP will be closing their front desk in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Starting March 17 at 5 p.m., the front counter of the Penticton RCMP branch will be closed to the public. All non-essential services done at the front counter, including fingerprinting and police information checks, will be unavailable.

The counters are being closed to limit public contact with the RCMP’s staff.

READ MORE: B.C. RCMP taking precautions as COVID-19 pandemic grows

The phone line at the front of the detachment will remain open, and Penticton residents can use it to speak with front counter employees.

RCMP are also reminding the public to use 9-1-1 for emergencies only and to use the 250-492-4300 line for all non-emergencies.

The Penticton RCMP Detachment itself will remain open.

Tomorrow (March 18) Penticton RCMP will be activating its new Online Crime Reporting website, which citizens may use to report less serious crimes.

READ MORE: Online crime reporting coming to Penticton

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