Where can I find the most up-to-date information about the government’s measures to stop the spread of Covid-19?
You can find the most current official information here.
What should I do if I get stopped by the police?
Officers are out and about engaging with the public to ensure they understand and follow government advice.
If an officer talks to you, do not be alarmed. They will just want to check you are outside your home for the right reasons.
If you’re following the government measures, you’ll be able to continue your journey.
How will the police enforce the law?
Their first approach will always be to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the government’s advice.
If this fails, they will enforce the law. Special legislation has been passed recently to enable police forces to fine offenders for ignoring the rules, and this approach may be used as a last resort.
I saw a police vehicle drive past people who could have been breaking the rules. Why didn’t the officer stop?
Officers in every district of the county are on regular patrols, covering towns, cities, suburbs and rural areas.
However, police still have to respond to other incidents or make important enquiries, so they may sometimes have to prioritise these urgent matters.
Are the police turning a blind eye to some crimes so they can free up officers for patrols?
North Yorkshire Police are continuing to police all offences and keep North Yorkshire safe.
Some specific functions, such as certain parts of an investigation, may be conducted slightly differently to prevent the spread of the virus and this will be done in a way that does not affect the outcome of the investigation.
If I think someone’s breaking the government’s rules, should I report them to the police?
The police are currently dealing with the same sort of crimes as previously, plus delivering policing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. So they are asking members of the public to think about whether a call is necessary before contacting them.
If you need to report significant issues such as parties or other large gatherings which could pose a danger to public health, you can:
- Report it online
- Call 101 to speak to North Yorkshire Police’s Force Control Room.
I’ve been told to pay a fine. How do I know if it’s genuine?
Police officers will not make you pay cash on the spot or ask you for credit card or bank details. The police will also never issue a fixed penalty notice by text message. If you receive a text message or telephone call claiming you must pay a fine for breaking the rules, it is fraudulent. Report any suspected scams to the police on 101.
If someone has come to your home or stopped you in the street claiming to be a police officer and you don’t think they are one, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or 999 if there is a crime in progress.
What are the police doing to ensure they don’t spread the virus to the public?
North Yorkshire Police officers have been given specific instructions about how to do their job in the safest way possible.
These instructions are approved by the government and are being followed by every police force.
Officers have also been given officially-approved protective gear such as disposable gloves, and sanitising products to prevent the virus spreading through physical contact.
How can police officers stay two metres away from criminals if they need to arrest them?
If a police officers speaks to you, they will observe a social distancing of two metres. In certain cases – for example if a criminal needs to be detained – it is simply not possible to follow the two-metre rule. For this reason police officers, like other key workers such as doctors and nurses, have been given a slightly different set of official guidelines to ensure they can continue to do their job.
I’ve seen officers working in pairs. Why aren’t they working alone?
North Yorkshire Police have reviewed all their operational procedures closely to ensure they prevent the virus spreading and follow all the official guidance for police forces. In exceptional circumstances or in a small minority of roles officers may need to work in pairs and will observe the official preventative guidance they are given.
My MOT has run out. What should I do?
MOT due-dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans were extended by six months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. However this period of grace is coming to an end.
Further detailed guidance on MOTs and vehicle tax can be found here.
Why are the police still using safety camera vans?
Quieter roads led to some motorists driving erratically – The police recorded speeds of more than 130mph during the government’s measures on ‘essential’ travel.
North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate illegal driving that puts lives at risk and could tie up valuable emergency service and NHS resources.
Safety camera van operators are police staff, and are therefore classed as key workers by the government – they help to keep roads safe and enforce offending.
How do I complain about, or compliment, the police?
Complaints and recognition about the police are handled by the Commissioner’s independent team, to ensure fairness, for both residents and the police.