'Thank you' from Herts police as county residents comply with lockdown
Herts Constabulary has thanked residents for observing coronavirus guidance during the second week of lockdown.
Assistant Chief Constable Nathan Briant, who is leading the force's response to Covid-19, said: "Patrolling officers are reporting that significantly fewer people are out and about which means we can focus on our core role of keeping people safe and responding to crime reports during these challenging times.
"Our aim is to encourage and support our communities to comply fully with the restrictions. We have no desire to use the formal powers but its right that we are able to take positive action against those who disregard these measures and put people's lives at risk."
In line with the police service nationally, there are a number of stages to Hertfordshire's response which in the first instance focuses on positive engagement with the public, explaining the issues and encouraging people to act responsibly.
"The conversations we are having with the public are positive and people want to share their stories about life in lockdown. It's vital that everyone continues to abide by the new public health regulations to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect the NHS," he said.
"On behalf of the constabulary, I would like to thank the public for their on-going support in these challenging times. We plan to maintain high levels of visibility and if you do need us for non-urgent matters I would urge you to make use of our webchat or online crime reporting service if at all possible. There is also lots of other information on our website about our response to Covid-19."
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