New Policing Powers came into force on Tuesday 31st March as part of a new Health Protection Bill to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The new powers will help the police to be able to encourage people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The new powers granted to the police will follow a four step approach:
|Engage||Officers will initially encourage voluntary compliance|
|Explain||Officers will stress the risks to public health and to the NHS. Educate people about the risks and wider social factors|
|Encourage||Officers will seek compliance and emphasise the benefits to the NHS by staying at home, how this can save lives and reduce risk for more vulnerable people in society|
|Enforce||Officers will direct individuals to return to the place where they live. This may include providing reasonable instruction of the route by which the person is required to return. Officers may also remove that person to the place where they live, using reasonable force where it is a necessary and proportionate means of ensuring compliance|
The information below has been taken from the UK Gov website and can be found here
These powers give all police officers the power to direct infected people to go and immediately receive treatment or self-isolate at home. They will also support officers in dealing with those who are not complying with the social-distancing restrictions. The government has been clear that it expects people to do the right thing in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
This applies to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) officers who work protecting nuclear sites across the country and the government has made it clear that compliance with these regulations is an absolute priority for the nation.
The police force as a whole polices by consent and will continue to do so throughout this time of unprecedented national emergency. In the first instance, CNC officers will be engaging, explaining and encouraging members of the public to follow the restrictions. This will include asking whether an individual is aware of the government request; establish individual circumstances and how quickly someone can comply. Officers will also explain the risks to public health, and to the NHS in line with government guidance and encourage voluntary compliance.
Our officers will continue to carry out their nationally vital core Mission in keeping our civil nuclear sites safe and secure, while ensuring the communities around the sites that we police are protected.