Commissioner Andrew Coster says Police will have ‘a highly visible presence’ across Aotearoa to ensure awareness of the Alert Level 4 restrictions’.
He says Police have been carrying out high-visibility patrols at supermarkets and other essential businesses across the country, to provide reassurance and assist with managing crowds where required.
‘Engaging and educating’
“Our priority is ensuring New Zealanders are safe and supported, and our focus will be on engaging, encouraging and educating people during the Level 4 restriction period,” says the Commissioner.
“However, Police expect people are by now well aware of what is expected of them and they are asked to follow the rules.
“People can expect the Alert Level restrictions to be enforced.”
The reassurance patrols will continue throughout the Alert Level 4 period, says Commissioner Coster.
We will have a visible presence across our towns, cities and on the roads to ensure people are keeping to the restrictions and that people who are travelling are doing so for essential and approved purposes.
Unauthorised community checkpoint
Police say they are aware of one unauthorised community checkpoint that was put in place in the Coromandel yesterday evening.
We understand that some small and isolated communities feel particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, however, as during previous COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restriction periods, there should be no need for community checkpoints.
Police and other agencies remain responsible for ensuring that people comply with the restrictions under the different COVID-19 Alert Levels, and all engagement is done for the purpose of keeping all of our communities safe.
Police will be out and about around the country and will be checking that people’s travel is for essential purposes only.