Police Plan Response Priorities – Covid-19

Wednesfield North residents should know that your Councillors have received a briefing relating to the way Wednesfield and West Midlands Police will be Policing following the legislation, and the Policy that the Government has introduced to be delivered through this Autumn Covid-19 surge.

West Midlands Police are to continue to prioritise the response to COVID-19, maintaining a major incident response in partnership with the Strategic Coordination Group (SCG).

Targeted enforcement will focus on key issues including:
Use of face coverings on public transport
‘Rule of six’
Licenced premises opening hours

All four areas of national intervention (Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Solihull) have some form of partnership enforcement cell which meets regularly to plan for joint enforcement activity.
‘All out’ enforcement days are being arranged to focus on the highest risk infection areas and within sectors where compliance is lowest. This will ensure focused and purposeful interventions.

West Midlands Police will be visiting as many premises as possible, across the force, to advise them about the new regulations that come into force on this day. Subsequent activity using the 4E’s approach will continue with licensed premises to ensure compliance with the new regulations is gained.

The Police inform us that they “will continue to be transparent with the public and seek to change behaviour. They go onto explain that “We will tell the public where we will be, what we will be doing and why. We will then show the public what we have done and share the balance of compliance and breaches that we find.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I think that this approach will be seen to be welcome.”

The Police say that they “will ensure our communications reflect our targeted enforcement, ‘all out’ enforcement days and areas of high infection. We will make it clear that we are not here to catch people out but to keep people safe and encourage personal and collective responsibility.”

West Midlands Police also informed us that they are currently seeing around 200 calls a day pertaining to Covid-19 issues, and they expect that number to rise.

Speaking on behalf of Cllr Rita Potter, and Mary Bateman – Phil Bateman added “I hope Wednesfield Residents will find this information interesting, and also useful, in helping to allay fears about what the Police may be doing in our community and neighbourhood.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more