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Jamie1983

I just watched a video of an officer attending calls to a possible party, the occupant denies it and says they need a warrant. The officer replies he has a power of entry. Bearing in mind this is a clip with little context, I'm not questioning the officer as we are not aware of all the facts. 

It did raise a question though. My understanding, as of now, officers don't have a general power of entry if they suspect an illegal gathering, in order to give tickets. They do, however, if they believe there is an infectious persons inside and there is a need to prevent infection. 

Would this mean that in order to enter, you would have to have a reasonable belief that someone actually has Covid-19 and is gathering and therefore at risk to the members of public inside also? Essentially it seems you could watch a gathering of twenty or so people in an address through the window and be able to do little about it if the occupants deny you entry. 

Appreciate if anyone could help clear this up. 

 

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BlueBob

In broad terms no specific “power to enter” that we had been accustomed to in the past, but under the CV regs, phrases are used such as “take necessary action” which could include entry.   As quite a few of such events have involved liaising or at least attempting to liaise with organisers or owners of sites, quite a few have been made 7nder a warrant.   That’s rarely something mentioned in media, regardless of the subject 

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BizzieBee
24 minutes ago, Jamie1983 said:

They do, however, if they believe there is an infectious persons inside and there is a need to prevent infection. 

This is also my understanding. 

 

25 minutes ago, Jamie1983 said:

Essentially it seems you could watch a gathering of twenty or so people in an address through the window and be able to do little about it if the occupants deny you entry. 

This is also correct (in my opinion). 
 

So don’t embarrass yourself or get yourself filmed trying to do the ‘E - Enforce’. You can only try and reason. 
 

Countless embarrassing articles and videos online of officers trying to enforce Covid legislation. Until the Secretary of State comes up with something enforceable, don’t. 

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bensonby

In addition to the above, if you believe a licensable activity is going on inside then you have powers of entry under licensing legislation.

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Jack McCoy
On 24/01/2021 at 13:21, BizzieBee said:

Countless embarrassing articles and videos online of officers trying to enforce Covid legislation. Until the Secretary of State comes up with something enforceable, don’t. 

 Precisely. We get enough criticism from the public when we try to use our own judgement, no matter how reasonable and/or justifiable it is. Let the powers that be either support us in tackling the issues and give us a specific and well-defined legal power of entry, or take some of the flack and stop getting the front line cops to do all the dirty work and then hang them out to dry.

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