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Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know

Covid Regulations Breached by Police Officers 2020-2021

Date of request: February 16, 2021
Reference: 211/21

Request

  • The total number of police officers within your force who have broken Covid lockdown rules from March 23, 2020 to February 16, 2021?
  • Of that figure, how many were fined and how much were they fined?
  • What, if any, disciplinary action was taken against them?
  • What were they caught doing?
  • And what were their ranks?

Response

Please find below a breakdown of alleged Covid-19 breaches, where the individual was an officer or staff member of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, recorded between 23rd March 2020 and 16th February 2021.

Rank Outcome Allegations
Police Constable No formal action – Words of Advice It was alleged that the officer (whilst off duty) has breached COVID-19 legislation on two occasions
Police Constable No formal action – Words of Advice It was alleged that the officer openly breached COVID-19 laws by going to a party.
Police Constable Reflective Practice
1.      It was alleged that the officer failed to follow guidance, whilst required to self-isolate and has intentionally breached regulations that they had previously enforced.
2.      Officer failed to follow COVID-19 guidance regarding social distancing.
Police Constable Reflective Practice It was alleged that the officer failed to follow COVID-19 guidance regarding self-isolation requirements.
Sergeant Reflective Practice It was alleged that the officer (while off duty on a holiday) failed to comply with COVID-19 regulations by not adhering to social distancing requirements and failing to wear a face mask.
Inspector Reflective Practice It was alleged that the officer (while off duty on a holiday) failed to comply with COVID-19 regulations by not adhering to social distancing requirements and failing to wear a face mask.
Police Constable Not Resolved – NFA It was alleged that the officer was breached the COVID-19 lockdown rules by visiting friends and relatives.

As of the date of your request, our Professional Standards Department have not been made aware of any employee within Avon and Somerset Constabulary disclosing that they have been issued a FPN for breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

There is no requirement for occupation to be captured in relation to any fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued for Covid-19 breaches. However it should be noted that officers and staff members of Avon and Somerset Constabulary are expected to disclose this information to our Professional Standards Department which will be dealt with under the Police Conduct Regulations.

 

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