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Stay indoors, save lives – and help police be there when you need them

March 26, 2020
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Nottinghamshire Police would like to thank the public for their efforts in following government social distancing measures over the past few days.

New powers granted to police forces across the country overnight now allow officers to enforce social distancing measures by breaking-up gatherings and, where necessary, imposing fines on those who refuse to follow government social distancing guidance and warnings from police.

While the new emergency powers grant police extra powers, officers working across the county have been keen to reiterate that everyone has a role to play in helping to slow the spread of the virus – and that the new powers will only be used as a last resort.

Earlier today, Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin from Nottinghamshire Police joined the force’s local neighbourhood policing team in Mansfield on their reassurance patrols of the area.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The response to social distancing measures from the people of Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire has been phenomenal and I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are continuing to follow this advise responsibly and for doing what they can do to help slow the spread of the virus.

“Clearly, we are taking the government advice very seriously and we all have a part to play in delaying the spread of the virus by doing what we can to protect our own workforce to ensure our officers, staff and volunteers so that they can be there when the public need them most.

“While the new legislation gives our officers more powers to respond to those who continue to ignore social distancing measures and refuse to be tested for Coronavirus, I want everyone to know that this will be a last resort.

“It was really encouraging to see today when I was out and about in Mansfield that the very few people who had not followed the guidance were perfectly prepared to take our advice and go home.

"Nottinghamshire Police officers, staff and volunteers are here to protect the public in their time of need and we would encourage people to work with us in helping to slow the spread of the virus so that we can be there to respond when people really do need our help.”

The new powers introduced under the Coronavirus Act 2020 gives police additional powers for police to detain people suspected of having coronavirus and send them to be tested. People who fail to do so could be fined up to £1,000.

Officers will have also been granted further powers to disperse groups of people. Those who refuse to do so may also face a fine.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin added: “We all need to work together in order to beat the Coronavirus and I would reiterate the message that everyone must stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

“We will be doing everything we can to help our colleagues in all of the emergency services throughout this unprecedented time and I hope the public will continue to play their part.”

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