Police Federation

Extra guidelines for officers launched

Fri, 03 Apr 2020

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As new guidelines for officers are released to help them assist health care professionals, the Police Federation of England and Wales welcomes these changes but reiterates PPE must be available for those on the frontline.

The College of Policing and National Police Chief’s Council have today (April 3) published new guidance around additional powers for police in England under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The guidance explains the additional powers which police now have to support healthcare professionals following the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020:

National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter, said: “Given the speed with which the Covid-19 legislation was introduced, the practicalities of policing this unprecedented lockdown were always going to be challenging with inevitable teething difficulties.

“This guidance from the College of Policing helps give the desperately needed clarity for officers across all forces in England and Wales to ensure a consistent approach. In addition to this guidance, we must also ensure that officers have access to the personal protective equipment needed to keep them and the public safe.”

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