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he B.C. chapter of the National Police Federation is calling for more resources for officers to adequately enforce the province's vaccine passport, which comes into effect on Sept. 13.
The passport will require proof of vaccination to do things like eat at a restaurant, see a movie in the theatre or take part in a fitness class in B.C. Residents who want to take part in those activities will need at least one dose of vaccine by Sept. 13 and will need to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 24.
Speaking from Logan Lake, B.C., on Friday, Horgan said if businesses have difficulty with patrons, they could call law enforcement, as they already do.
Making matters worse, Farrer says, is the pandemic's impact on recruitment over the past 18 months. Whereas a typical year would see 1,200 recruits graduate, this past year only 380 made it through the program.
This isn't the first time the federation has called out the province about enforcing COVID-19 measures
But a blanket call on police to support businesses across the province that are struggling with anti-passport customers is a whole other level of commitment, Farrer says.
"We're not saying don't call the police if necessary, but we have to be cautious about just saying, 'Well, the police will do this,'" he said. "We're fully tasked as it is."