Statement from PCC in response to changes to COVID19 restrictions
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: "The vast majority of our communities have been exemplary in adhering to the Government guidance which, from today (13/05), has been modified.
"We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of this virus and I would ask that everyone takes the time to look at the revised guidance to ensure they are continuing to do what is expected.
"One of the changes, from a policing perspective, is the increasing of the Fixed Penalty Notice fine officers can issue to those breaching the guidance from £60 to £100.
"The Chief Constable and I have been clear from the start that officers must focus on engaging with our communities first and foremost and enforcement should only be used as a last resort and when proportionate.
"My office continues to be heavily involved in the monitoring and scrutiny of when these notices have been issued to ensure they comply with the regulations. Staff from my office sit on the regular scrutiny panel meetings where each FPN is reviewed against the guidance and, if the panel feels the issuing of the FPN was not in line with the guidance, it can be rescinded
"It is important the public know how transparent this process is.
"I am pleased to say that the communal effort of the people of Wiltshire and Swindon mean that officers have only had to issue in the region of 185 FPNs to date.
"There is now more flexibility afforded to us all when it comes to spending time outdoors and each of us need to take personal responsibility for ensuring we act within the restrictions set out by the Government.
"I echo the Prime Minister's call for continued use of common sense by the public.
"I expect the police to continue to exercise discretion and engage, explain, encourage and, only as a last resort, enforce."