Responding to the measures announced ahead of the publication of the Coronavirus Bill, APCC Chair Katy Bourne OBE said:
“I welcome the enhanced powers announced to strengthen the powers of police and immigration officers. These need to be used proportionately and only when absolutely necessary to do so.
“It is important that police officers are given the tools and powers they need and it is reassuring that the Government has limited the lifespan of this change. During these unprecedented times, PCCs will continue to work closely with Chief Constables, health and other partners to ensure our communities are kept as safe as possible.
“In addition, proposals to scale up the use of video in court hearings is also eminently sensible and recognises that technology solutions - like the video enabled justice programme I have been leading - can keep the wheels of justice turning even when courts are closed.”