Gloucestershire Police has been praised for looking after the health and safety of front-line cops policing the coronavirus crisis after it told officers travelling together to jobs to carry on wearing protective gloves and masks.
In a move that flies in the face of Social Distancing, The National Police Chiefs Council have said that officers who travel together to calls in their police vehicles – who will clearly be less than 2 metres apart – should NOT wear protective equipment on those journeys.
The new diktat has outraged many officers across England and Wales who fear for their safety – but following discussions, Gloucestershire Police has decided that officers who are unable to socially distance because of operational policing requirements should continue to wear face masks and surgical gloves.
“This is a good news story for us in Gloucestershire,” said Mike Harrison, Chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, the body representing frontline officers in the county.
“Our Chief Constable Rod Hansen has agreed to stay with the previous direction given on 3 April by the NPCC and fully protect our Officers whilst clarification is sought from the Health and Safety Executive.”
Mike added: “Frankly I understand why many colleagues across the country are livid. The changed NPCC guidance looks to remove some of the protection offered to staff. That is a scandal and we are delighted it won’t be happening here in Gloucestershire.
“Staff Wellbeing and Welfare is a priority to our Chief Officers and we are grateful to our Chief Constable for taking this stance and protecting his staff.”