PCC responds to additional powers for policing

26 March 2020

PCC responds to additional powers for policing with call for all to take personal responsibility for doing the necessary and right things to save lives and reduce risk.

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:

“As has been advertised for the last few days, today our Constabulary, as for other forces, has been given new powers of enforcement to assist in protecting the public and ensuring appropriate behaviours to protect us all and save lives.

“Across our area, people are doing the right thing in the vast majority of cases. I thank them again for their commitment to saving lives through limiting opportunities for Covid19 to spread. These additional powers are to give further encouragement to those few who are not conforming to understand that this cannot be allowed to continue and inappropriate and risky behaviour will ultimately come with penalties through enforcement.

“Policing’s first action though will be to engage, explain and encourage those creating risk to return home, obey social distancing and not to congregate. Ultimately if this does not create the right response, the additional powers are welcome options to have.”

The new powers are intended to ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, from today, if members of the public do not comply the police may:

  • instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules
  • issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
  • issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence

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