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Statement | Chief Constable says more officers out in public spaces and roads from today

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has issued a statement this evening (Thursday 14 January), encouraging the public to take collective responsibility in following the public health regulations, and warning those who flout the rules.

The Chief Constable said: “I fully recognise the challenges that are facing individuals, families and our communities as these further restrictions impact on our lives. Difficult as it seems, there is collective responsibility on all of us to play our part to save lives by reducing the spread of this virus. Working closely with the Executive and local councils, police officers will continue to support people to follow the Regulations and encourage them to take personal responsibility.

“Officers and staff have worked hard throughout the pandemic to keep communities safe and our visible presence is being increased in the days ahead to encourage people to follow the rules. From today you will see more officers out in our communities in public spaces and on the roads. They will be stopping and talking with people to encourage compliance with the Regulations adopting our 3 'E's approach of Engage, Explain, Encourage.

“While the vast majority of people are doing the right things; there are some people who continue to breach the Regulations and put our lives at risk. Let me be clear, people who are showing reckless disregard should expect enforcement.

“The Regulations require you to stay home, only leaving for essential purposes, if you have to go out, wear a mask when you are required, stay apart and help us get back to our normal lives as soon as we can.

”Action now by everyone will help reduce the time our community must live with these restrictions and crucially, will save lives. It's up to us all to do the right thing.”

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