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Are the police getting the right balance when enforcing coronavirus restrictions?

PCC Sue Mountstevens and Police Officer
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This survey is now closed.

During the global health COVID-19 pandemic, police have been providing a supporting role in helping to manage public safety through ensuring community compliance of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus .

Since lockdown in March, Avon and Somerset Police has taken on new responsibilities following the nationally agreed Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce approach to managing 32,474 reports of breaches of the coronavirus regulations. They have engaged, explained and encouraged people to comply and where this hasn’t worked, they’ve issued 397 fixed penalty notices (data correct as of 17.10.2020).

This is on top of managing their usual calls for service and workload, which has now returned to the same levels it was at before lockdown. The police has also faced additional demand and responded to illegal gatherings, unlicensed raves and large scale protests across the force area.

Given the demand faced by the police we want to know if you think the police are getting the right balance between engagement and enforcement of coronavirus restrictions in your area.