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Coronavirus -Powers to detain (241A/20)

Request

Following the passage of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the number of times police have used new powers to detain individuals to be tested if they are believed to be infectious.

Following the passage of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the number of times police have used new powers to restrict individuals’ right to move around or be part of a gathering.

Response

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

In respect of Question 1, this information was recently published and still correct.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/coronavirus-schedule-21-80a-20/

In respect of Question 2,

2083 Dispersals and 22 Arrests for breaching the covid legislation.

The NPCC website publishes information in relation to FPN’s issued,  please see the link below

https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/police-chiefs-welcome-positive-start-to-recruitment-drive

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