District E Police Station remains open despite COVID-19 scare
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has refuted information circulating on social media and formal media houses which stated that the District E Police Station has been closed.
It was reported there was a closure of the District E Police Station, located at Speightstown, St Peter on Saturday April 4, 2020.
An official release from the Public Relations Department of the RBPF stated:
"We wish to state emphatically that it [station] was never closed to the public as was reported on various social media."
It stated there was a situation where a suspect in custody at the station showed symptoms of being ill and a decision was made to have a medical examination conducted by members of the COVID-19 team.
As a precautionary measure, all police personnel who came into contact with the suspect while in custody remained self-isolated at the station.
The results were returned and it showed the suspect tested negative for COVID-19.
"Both the suspect and all police personnel were cleared. At no point during this ordeal was a decision made to close the station."
The release said all police stations across the island remain open to serve, protect and reassure the public during the pandemic.
Members of the public are encouraged to comply with the directives related to the 24-hour curfew as police will be taking a "humane but zero-tolerance approach" to persons who violate the curfew.