SASKATOON - Update Oct. 22: The Saskatoon Police Service is continuing to request public assistance in identifying a number of people who attended a Sept. 20 election night gathering.
Currently eight out of fifteen people have been identified. To date, the SPS has laid one charge under the Public Health Act and has drawn up another 20 tickets.
Members of the public can remain anonymous and leave a tip should they recognize anyone pictured. Images of the people yet to be identified can be found at saskatoonpolice.ca/form/identify
Background Oct. 14: The Saskatoon Police Service is requesting public assistance in identifying a number of people who attended a Sept. 20 election night gathering.
Police say the event was held at a hotel on Airport Drive and was attended by many people who, following investigation, were found to be in violation of the Saskatchewan Public Health Order. On the same evening, SASKTODAY.ca's Jon Perez reported from the Saskatoon Inn where Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, had decided to hold his election night party. Photos showed the crowd was largely unmasked.
To date, says SPS, it has laid one charge under the Public Health Act and issued three additional tickets.
Investigators have also developed images of 15 individuals who were present at the event and were in violation of the PHO. Those images can be viewed at https://saskatoonpolice.ca/form/identify. Members of the public can remain anonymous and leave a tip should they recognize anyone pictured.
In a release Thursday, the SPS said, "It is important to note that enforcement under the Public Health Order must take into consideration the specific wording of the order and the likelihood of conviction, based on the evidence collected. As it has been stated before, SPS enforcement of the PHO is conducted in partnership with Public Health Inspectors. Enforcement is not always visible and largely occurs after the incident. In this case, the investigation into the event of September 20th has at this time, required more than 160 hours of investigative time."
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