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8 October, 2020

Additional funding for councils and police to support Covid-19 compliance and enforcement activities in North Yorkshire

Commenting on the money made available to local authorities and police by the government to support additional compliance and enforcement activities, Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I have already been working with North Yorkshire Police and councils across North Yorkshire to discuss how we can all come together to develop the best way of engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing the coronavirus regulations to support our communities and keep them safe.

“With an area as large and diverse as North Yorkshire and York, it is likely what’s needed in one place will be very different to another so it’s important we get that right. We now have some information from government, but we await more clarity so we can progress the plans.” 

Superintendent Mike Walker, gold commander for North Yorkshire Police’s response to Covid-19, said

“As we are now seeing demand for policing services returning to pre-lockdown levels, this funding will enable us to further strengthen our approach to policing the Covid-19 regulations.

“We will continue engaging with the public and will carry on working closely with our partners, local authorities, licencing teams and local businesses to ensure the rules are being followed. But it’s not just down to the police and the other agencies we work with to stop the spread, the public have a large part to play. We have been living with the threat of Covid for some time now and we are all fully aware of the devastation it can cause and the simple steps we can take to supress the spread.

“The public can expect to see increased police visibility through extra Covid patrols and anyone who refuses to abide by the regulations and puts others at risk, should expect enforcement action to be taken against them.”