Steps being taken by Amherst police to mitigate health risk

In light of COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic, the Amherst Police Department would like to assure the community that we will continue to provide 24/7 frontline police service. 

In many ways, we will continue to answer calls for service and provide the same emergency services, but will be utilizing screening questions to mitigate health risks in relation to COVID-19 when communicating with community members, staff and our officers.

In the interests of ensuring the health, safety and security of the community, the Amherst Police Department has made several administrative changes in regards to services:

  • Front counter/reception services will not be available until further notice. We encourage people to call the APD dispatch at 902-667-8600 for any non-emergency assistance or service. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Access and bookings for the Francis Smith Community Room has been suspended until further notice.
  • Non-essential services, such as local criminal record checks and other applications will be temporarily suspended. This includes licensing renewal requirements for current taxi licence holders. Existing licences will be extended until further notice.
  • The department will not be providing civil fingerprinting for work/volunteer purposes until further notice.

Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at