Wiltshire Police Commissioner: 'Be patient' and 'be kinder' to each other

Wiltshire Police Commissioner: 'Be patient' and 'be kinder' to each other

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:46am 3rd April 2020.

3 minute read

Angus Macpherson is asking us to work with Wiltshire Police to take personal responsibility during Covid-19.

He's written a blog on the way the force, like others across the country, are having to interpret and enforce the new legislation and Government guidance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Macpherson says there's a difficult balance to strike between police being seen to be 'heavy-handed' and not doing enough.

But he's said that in Wiltshire, enforcement action like fines for people who aren't following the Government imposed restrictions is a 'last resort'.

Within the blog, Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says:

"The Prime Minister has been clear in the guidance he laid out - stay home and save lives. I would encourage you all to think about your actions and the personal responsibility we must now all take.

"We will all need to change our habits as a result of Coronavirus and many have had to make changes to their daily routine but ultimately, it is a small price to pay to save lives, protect our NHS and support our keyworkers.

We must also remember that it is not the police who write laws and pass legislation - their responsibility is to engage, encourage, explain and only when necessary should they enforce."

Salisbury Police Southampton Road checks March 2020
Checks have been carried out by officers to as a reassurance and to ask drivers if their journeys are essential


Angus Macpherson's open letter also calls for people to 'be kinder to one another and less judgemental'.

But he says it's 'reassuring to see just how much different communities are pulling together' to support others who might be vulnerable to the virus, describing the community effort overall as 'incredible'.

He's also praised the force for their efforts during difficult times:

"I am proud of the way in which the police in Wiltshire are operating during this emergency, alongside their partners, and the way in which they continue to work together during what is a national public health emergency for all. 
"We all have a role to play in keeping people safe and protecting the NHS, and only by working together will we be successful."

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