Coronavirus (Covid-19): We're asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent. If you can, use our online services. If you’re looking for information about the government instruction to stay at home and how that may affect you, you'll find guidance on Gov.uk. We’ll be updating information on our services over the coming days, please check online for those updates.
Latest video message from Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, 2 April 2020
Application for Police Emergency Volunteers
Surrey and Sussex Police are continuing to plan ahead during this period of dealing with Covid 19. In particular we are looking at contingencies in case our resources reduce or if we need additional specific skills and experience. As such we are creating a database of retired Police Officers, Specials and Police Staff, who may wish to return to policing for a temporary period, and members of the public who may have specific skills that would be of use.
If you are required to answer bail, you must do this in person at any police station or front counter.
If the police station or front counter is closed you may use the yellow phone outside, but you will not be recorded as having answered bail unless you speak to our Contact Centre.
If you are unable to answer bail due to self isolation because you, or someone you live with, has symptoms (not social distancing) please use the online "tell us about" form in plenty of time before your bail is due.
Travelling to a Police Station to register for the first time, or to report a change in circumstance has been deemed non-essential whilst social distancing measures are in place.
Please do not attend a Police Station to register as a foreign national or to register a change in circumstances.
The Home Office are aware of this decision and your visa conditions will not be affected.
If you wish to register please email PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk or call 01483 639516 and provide your details, the team will get in contact with you to re organise attendance when normal service is resumed, or alternatively check back here for further advice in the coming weeks.
Travelling to a Police Station to obtain fingerprints for non-EU visa and work permits, or for certain passport applications, has been deemed non-essential whilst social distancing measures are in place. As such we request that you do not attend a Police Station to do so.
Please keep checking our website to see when this restriction has been lifted.
We are currently considering the impact of Covid-19 and social distancing on firearms licensing, firearms license renewals and the associated home visits. We will update the website once a decision is made.
We will not be hosting or attending any "meet the beat" or similar community engagement events for the foreseeable future. You can keep up to date with our local teams on Facebook and Twitter, or by joining InTheKnow.community.
This is not a policing matter, however we have been asked this question a number of times. Our advice is, if at all possible, you should avoid moving house.
If you are legally committed to moving house (for instance your tenancy has come to an end or you have exchanged on a property) it may be difficult to delay. We advise speaking to all the parties involved as soon as possible to try and avoid the need to move.
Our road safety and speed checks will continue as long as we have the resources to support them.
Speeding and other road safety checks are an important part of our approach to preventing road collisions - the most serious of which would put extra strain on the NHS at a time when it is already under extreme pressure.
The advice to stay at home, and avoid people is there to save lives, reduce the impact on the NHS and protect our loved ones.
British policing is founded on respect and engagement with the public. We resolve issues daily by talking to people and reasoning with them and that will continue.
However, if people are non-complaint with the regulations, we will be enforcing them, as the public would want us to. This includes dispersing groups of more than two people. Those who refuse will face a fine.
If you are concerned about groups of people, this would count as anti-social behaviour and can be reported online.
Do not call the police to report that you are self isolating or that you are infected with Covid-19 coronavirus.
If you are unable to answer bail due to self-isolation because you, or someone you live with, has symptoms (not social distancing) please use the online "Tell Us About" form in plenty of time before your bail is due.
The new Coronavirus Bill provides police officers with the power to take people they suspect of having Covid-19 to be tested. It also provides the government with the power to prohibit events or gatherings and to close or restrict access to premises.
The Coronavirus Bill is designed to help save lives. The measures don't prevent people from leaving their homes but during the emergency, nobody should leave their premises unless they have a reasonable excuse.
The new legislation provides Public Health Officers with the power to quarantine those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or those they reasonably suspect have the virus. It would also provide police officers with powers to take people they suspect have coronavirus to be tested or assessed by Public Health Officers.
Section 21 of the Coronavirus Bill provides Public Health Officers the power to quarantine those who have tested positive with, or those they suspect have COVID-19. It also provides police officers with powers to take people they suspect have coronavirus to be tested.
Section 22 of the Coronavirus Bill provides the UK government with the power to issue directions prohibiting any event or gathering. It also provides the government with the power to close or restrict access to any premises.
Police will disperse groups of more than two people, except where they are from the same household. Those who refuse could face a fine under new legislation. These measures are here to save lives and we hope the public will adhere to them.
The legislation has been introduced to prevent, protect against, delay or otherwise control the spread of coronavirus. It will also allow the most appropriate deployment of medical or emergency personnel.
The government has been clear that it expects people to do the right thing in order to protect the NHS, which will save lives. The vast majority have done so. These powers will support officers in dealing with those who have not yet fully understood the gravity of the situation. The Bill makes it an offence to organise a prohibited gathering, which would be punishable, on conviction, by fine.
The fine is £60. Individuals will be informed about why they’ve received a fine, how they can pay it, and what the consequences of non-payment are. They should immediately go home if they have received a fine, or they can be taken home where necessary to do so. Receiving a fine isn’t a criminal offence and won’t require a court appearance if paid. For those who continue to not follow the guidance, the fine can be doubled each time and summary prosecution can be sought for those who refuse to pay or comply. The £60 fine can fall to £30 if paid within 14 days.
Direct enforcement will apply to adults only. For those under 18, officers will encourage, and ask that responsible adults ensure their children comply with the government request. If those adults fail to protect their children by complying with the regulations, they may be given a fine, and escalation of fines, as they are responsible for their children’s actions.
It is vital that we make best use of current and every day policing powers in addition to any new legislation. This includes dispersal powers and community protection notices contained within the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and closure powers under the Licensing Act 2003.
In line with the way we police most situations the emphasis should be on engaging, explaining and encouraging first, with enforcement being an absolute last resort in our tactical options. Officers are encouraged to be as visible as possible in these uncertain times for the public.
The Prime Minister and Health Secretary have both talked about introducing the testing of emergency workers who are in constant contact with the public. We are awaiting guidance from the NPCC as to whether this includes front line officers.
Police powers will be used where appropriate and with restraint. Our most effective power is our ability to engage with individuals and our communities to explain the important of following and abiding to the government's advice and the new rules, recognising that this is a significant shift from normality for everyone. The measures taken have been brought in to protect the NHS and save lives.
The police have a duty to protect life and property; prevent and detect crime; maintain the peace and activate contingency plans where there is a threat to life. We will continue to do this and we are working hard to ensure officers have the kit they need.
These new measures are there to save lives and protect our loved ones. We will be enforcing them, as the public would want us to. Follow the advice, stay at home and help us to help the national effort.
Government guidance is that people can take one form of exercise from their home which may be a dog walk and that any travel should be undertaken for essential journeys only. This does not mean travel to and from locations away from home.
We will be talking to people on the streets. The vast majority of people will be out there for a legitimate purpose, but we will have to ask about people who aren't, and if people refuse to comply with rules, then we will enforce them.
COVID-19 BSL - Police Powers and Restrictions
Please find below a series of videos with BSL subtitles which provide information on the restrictions on the public and policing powers to keep people safe in this time of national emergency.