Police Scotland statement on changes to public protection levels

Police will continue to use ‘common sense and discretion’ following changes to public protection levels and restrictions

Speaking after the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgen about changes to the Public Protection Levels, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said

I fully understand that people will be disappointed with the tightening of restrictions, particularly at this time of year.

The vast majority of the public have been complying with the regulations and so the policing approach we adopted from the outset of the pandemic will not change.

Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance, and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort where there is a clear breach of the legislation.

The Chief Constable has called on people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

We have been very clear that we will not be routinely stopping vehicles or setting up road blocks. However, officers may in the course of their duties come across people who are travelling from one local authority area to another.

Where travel restrictions apply, officers will continue to use the common sense, discretion and excellent judgement that they have applied since the crisis began.

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