Lincolnshire Police calling on people to be responsible or they will use new coronavirus powers
A leading police officer is calling on people to be responsible and observe social distancing or they will use new powers
Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson has put out a statement following the lockdown announcement given by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to slow the spread of coronavirus.
She called on people to change their behaviours in order to save the lives of their loved ones but warned that officer will use new powers to enforce social distancing.
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ACC Wilson said: "I fully expect that the people of Lincolnshire will abide by the new restrictions put in place, many already are. We will make sure our officers talk to people, explain, reassure, and support.
"For those in the minority who aren’t listening and who decide that they shouldn’t follow national advice in the midst of this global health crisis, we will have new powers to enforce social distancing.
"We are working through the exact detail of what that means but these are powers we should not have to use, but will do so if necessary. We want people to be responsible, to realise that their actions can put people in danger, and the priority for Lincolnshire Police together with our other emergency service colleagues is to protect the vulnerable and literally save lives.
"We have enough officers to deal with this and we have spent years planning for emergency situations such as this. We will continue to police, we will continue to be there for you."
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