With weather set to be fine over much of the Bank Holiday, police chiefs in Cleveland have urged the public to continue their support of the Covid-19 measures and have confirmed there will be “pro-active” patrols of hot spots.
During a question and answer session, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Richard Lewis both praised the way the vast majority of Cleveland’s residents have responded to the new measures.
Asked by the PCC about Covid-19 policing, the Chief Constable confirmed that officers follow the national 4E model – engage, encourage, explain and, if needed, enforcement.
With regard to any potential “hot spot” areas this Bank Holiday, Mr Lewis confirmed that officers will be proactively patrolling.
“We have some stunning coastline in Cleveland and some inland areas just as beautiful and it is important that we are there proactively to ensure the public are engaged with and, if required, we can move through to enforcement” said CC Lewis.
The session took the form of a video link-up and was arranged as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s scrutiny of the force. It covered a wide range of issues including a number of questions raised by members of the public.
Areas covered included: help for any potential victims of domestic abuse or modern slavery; how officers will approach policing situations where social distancing cannot be observed; the support for shop workers; use of personal protective equipment; community tensions and how the public can report parties and anyone not observing the restrictions on movement.
The Chief also gave an assurance that everyday policing continues, saying: “The fact Covid-19 is happening doesn’t stop us from doing our day job.”
The session concluded with Mr Coppinger thanking the Chief and all police officers and staff, as well as other emergency and key workers for their dedication during this time.
The Commissioner intends to publish more virtual meetings with the Chief Constable as the crisis continues.
Posted on Friday 10th April 2020