Fixed Penalty Notices
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said:
“On the face of things and based on what I have been told so far, it would appear that the force has been a little over-zealous in its interpretation of the guidance. It’s important to recognise that there are regulations and there is guidance. While the police can enforce the regulations, guidance is just that which can make this a very challenging and complex situation to police.
Clearly this is an operational issue, but I have spoken to the Chief Constable who has told me that an urgent review is underway to establish exactly the circumstances in which these Fixed Penalty Notices were issued. If it transpires that these notices were issued in error then I would expect them to be rescinded.
The vast majority of people in Derbyshire are doing their best to stick to the rapidly changing laws and follow the guidance. I thank them for that. It is essential that we all behave responsibly to curb the virus and save lives.
I think the police are doing their best in very difficult circumstances and I expect that the force will learn from these incidents and where they are wrong they will recognise that, and work to put things right. I welcome the statement from the NPCC which will help operational police officers to undertake their difficult role in as balanced and proportionate way as possible.”
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Posted on Saturday 9th January 2021