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Community safety officers step up patrols

News release 9678, published on 01 Apr 2020
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s community safety patrol officers are providing a reassuring presence across the borough and supporting the police to ensure residents continue to follow social distancing measures.

The government announced restrictions on outdoor activity and advised people to only leave their homes for four reasons – to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where absolutely necessary, to shop for essential items and for any medical and care needs - on Monday 23 March.

Following this, police were given additional powers to issue penalty notices to those who do not comply with these measures. These powers have not been given to councils.

To help educate and encourage residents to follow the latest advice, the community safety patrol team is continuing to carry out patrols across the borough and is working closely with the police to share information and identify individuals who persistently ignore the measures.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Partnerships and Communities Cllr Simon Bound said: “As a borough, we must do everything we can to support our NHS and our communities by following the government guidance and I would like to thank residents who are doing this.

“However there are some residents who continue to ignore this advice and our community safety patrol officers are committed to working closely with the police to tackle this.

“I would urge anyone not following the government’s advice to think about their actions and to go home. When people do go outdoors, they should also be considerate of others and leave a safe two metre distance at all times.

“By working together in the community, these efforts will help save lives.”


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