Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said that police forces stepping up the enforcement of coronavirus regulations had “stretched” resources.
Asked on BBC Breakfast whether there were enough resources to accommodate the new approach, he said: “Of course this has stretched us, there’s no two ways (about it), we’ve been at this for 10 months.
“Alongside this the police are also doing all the normal roles the police do to keep people safe so there’s no doubt this has stretched out resources and of course our people are tired in the way that everybody is tired.
“This has been really difficult and I don’t make any bones around that.”
– Officers to be more ‘inquisitive’ as police step up lockdown enforcement
The Metropolitan Police has said that officers will now be more “inquisitive” of people’s behaviour and be quicker to act to engage rulebreakers.
Police forces around the country would take similar approaches, Scotland Yard said.
Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said that police resources were not “limitless” and officers continued to prioritise their work, adding that it was “really, really important” that people followed the Government guidance.