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

How we are dealing with COVID-19 breaches

Since the Government put the COVID-19 public health restrictions in place, we have received over 10,000 reports of breaches through our contact centre and online form.

Understandably, this has led to lots of questions from members of the public, so we have tried to answer some of them below:

What happens to the information I submit on the online form?

Every report submitted through our online COVID-19 breach form is recorded and visible to our policing teams.

Will an officer come out straight away?

Our officers are working hard to attend ongoing breach reports and will use your information from the online form to help build a picture of what is going on in your area. We will use the data to identify hotspot areas and target our patrols to where they are needed most.

Whilst you may not see an officer in relation to your report of any past breaches straight away, your local neighbourhood policing team are monitoring and acting upon submissions alongside attending ongoing breach incidents.

If there is an immediate or perceived threat to life, risk of serious damage to property or a serious offence is taking place, call 999.

I have reported a number of breaches through the form, but haven’t seen any officers in the area?

We are prioritising ongoing breach reports and will use the information you have provided of past breaches to help build a picture of what is going on in your area.

We will use this data to identify hotspot areas and target our policing patrols to where they are needed most.

What should I do in an emergency?

Call 999 if there is an immediate or perceived threat to life, risk of serious damage to property or a serious offence is taking place.

Someone is breaching the restrictions right now, what should I do?

If you witness a significant breach of the Government’s advice on physical social distancing which is happening now, call 101.

I witnessed someone breaching the restrictions, but it is no longer ongoing, what should I do?

If you saw someone significantly breach the Government’s advice on physical social distancing complete our online COVID-19 breach form.

We will use these reports to help build a picture of where breaches are occurring to inform our policing patrols.

If you are unable to use the online form, call 101.

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