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“It is our hope never to have to use the emergency powers"

“It is our hope never to have to use the emergency powers

Monday 30 March 2020

“It is our hope never to have to use the emergency powers"


Police officers say they hope they won't have to use their powers to force islanders to comply with the new lockdown rules.

In a statement this morning, the Force laid out its approach as follows:

  • Engage – with those we suspect to be in breach of the Stay Home Instruction.
  • Explain – why these measures are so important in slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives.
  • Encourage – people to comply.
  • Enforce – only where absolutely necessary, using all available powers.

Chief Officer Robin Smith commented: “We are extremely thankful to the many Islanders who have been so supportive and diligently followed the Government advice thus far.”  

“It is our hope never to have to use the emergency powers we have been given but we will not hesitate to do so to protect the public and to maintain law and order. 

“We wish to reassure all Islanders that the States of Jersey Police will continue to be there for all who need us throughout this challenging period.”

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