PCC response to Government coronavirus surge funding
09 October 2020
Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:
“I welcome this extra funding that recognises there are costs to the strengthening of our Constabulary’s role in enforcing the additional regulations required by the national assessment that restrictions and right behaviours are essential at this time of some locally increased risks that have the potential to spread if not checked.
“I am working with the Chief Constable and her team to ensure that this money will be used directly to support visible, targeted frontline policing where there is or could be heightened risk. It is for the Chief Constable to set the operational parameters that deliver appropriate interventions for us all.
“These remain challenging time but there are three key things to remember:
- Generally in our area, individuals and communities are doing what they should to assess their own risks and behave safely for their circumstances and respectfully for others in their vicinity. This makes the most significant contribution to our safety.
- Hampshire Constabulary have over the period of COVID received plaudits for their part in engaging, explaining and educating people who need to understand or be ‘nudged’ into safer behaviours. This has worked well and individuals and groups have responded appropriately to this engagement. This will continue to be a key part of our policing approach.
- However, those examples of non-compliance with the regulations and those examples of dangerous groupings with high risks of infections cannot be permitted to put all this good work and our health and lives at risk. It is why the regulations have been extended and enforcement must be dialled up to quickly intervene where there is risk. It is essential for us all to do our part and to understand this heightened enforcement has become necessary.
“My commitment remains to work to keep our communities safer. Hampshire Constabulary and all our Local Resilience Forum (LRF) partners are working together in this same important cause in this time of pandemic.”