PCC and ACC response to Prime Minister's Covid-19 update


Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne: “These are unprecedented times and we all need to play our part. The restrictions that have been imposed on all of us are unparalleled and I recognise that this is a lot to come to terms with at such a rapid pace and that people will have to make huge sacrifices. However, the scientific evidence cannot be ignored; by staying at home we can save lives.

“This is very much a health-led response but, with these more stringent restrictions being put in place, it is important that the public co-operate as fully as possible so as not to put unnecessary demands upon our police.

“I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable, his senior team and our policing partners to ensure that Sussex residents and businesses comply with these new measures and that robust plans are put in place.

“Whilst there will need to be effective enforcement of this approach, it is ultimately through public consent that we can ensure that these measures have the desired effect and that our precious NHS resources are protected and lives are saved.”

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller on behalf of Sussex Police: “The Government announced further restrictions on public life to slow the impact of the Coronavirus, prevent death and to further protect the resources of the NHS.

“The Prime Minister has also announced that new powers will be given to the police and local authorities as part new legislation to support this national effort.

“We are working with the Government through the national police body to consider how these new rules can be most effectively enforced.

“The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone in Sussex to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.”