Coronavirus in Scotland: Police to increase patrols as lockdown restrictions become law

Police Scotland has said that their ‘visible presence will be increased’ over the coming days and weeks as latest lockdown restrictions become law.

In a statement, the Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “"I fully recognise the impact these further restrictions will have on people’s lives.

“However, it is clear that the significant sacrifices being made by people across Scotland are vital to help suppress the spread of coronavirus.

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“Our approach throughout the pandemic has not changed. Police Scotland officers will continue to support people to follow the regulations and encourage them to take personal responsibility.

“People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.”

The First Minister announced to the Scottish Parliament today that all level four areas will now be required to stay at home, only leaving for essential reasons.

Essential reasons include care giving, essential shopping, exercise and extended households.

The Chief Constable continued: “Officers and staff have worked exceptionally hard throughout the pandemic to keep people safe and our visible presence will be increased over the coming days and weeks.

“We will have increased patrols in our communities to explain the regulations and to encourage people to do the right thing.

"Where officers encounter wilful breaches they will act decisively to enforce the law.

“The vast majority of people have stepped up to take responsibility and our determination and collective effort to tackle this virus must now continue in the difficult times ahead.”

The latest restrictions will come into force at midnight tonight.

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