Neighbourhood Watch Update – April 2020



Neighbourhood watch update from Sergeant Tori Anderson.

There will be a lot of difficult days ahead, but we can all do our bit by staying at home unless absolutely necessary. It really will save lives and help the NHS.

Your Local Policing Teams in Belfast will remain in Lisburn Road, Tennent Street, Strandtown and Woodbourne and will be on duty 24/7.

Our approach is based on the ‘FOUR E’s’, understanding that in the vast majority of cases, the first THREE E’s will resolve the issue.

  • Engage: officers will ask whether an individual is aware of the government request; establish individual circumstances and how quickly someone can comply.
  • Explain: officers will explain the risks to public health, and to the NHS in line with government guidance.
  • Encourage: officers will encourage voluntary compliance
  • Enforce: if faced with non-compliance, officers will, if necessary and proportionate move to enforce their requirement – normally by way of issue of a fixed penalty notice.

Our aim is to encourage and support our communities to comply fully with these restrictions. So far, the vast majority of people are doing the right thing and maintaining that compliance and goodwill is key to our success. We have no desire to use the formal powers now made available to policing but its right that we’re able to enforce against those who disregard these measures and put people at risk. We have started and will continue to task officers and teams to patrol key areas, monitor key stores & pharmacies and also ‘filter’ rather than necessarily stop traffic in key areas. At this point, the key aim is to be visible to communities as a reassurance to them but also as a deterrent to those who may wish to ignore the current restrictions.

In the meantime please continue to support your local community and look out for the vulnerable. We will get through this if we look after each other. No doubt there will be challenging times ahead, but there will be brighter days to come as well. Look after your own mental health and try and take time away from TV/ Phones/ Tablets.

Full update can be downloaded from this link.

NW Newsletter April 2020