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Police “overreach” on lockdown doesn’t just waste resources—it could also encourage bad behaviour

While the police’s intentions are noble, over-extending themselves in their interpretation of advice could prove counterproductive

By Holly Thomas  

Police overreach could discourage people from doing the right thing. Photo: Prospect composite

After the National Health Service, Britain’s police currently have some of the least-enviable jobs in the country. Already stretched and anticipating a huge strain in the months to come, they are among the most critical workers adapting to the unprecedented challenge presented by the coronavirus.

But there is growing concern that some overzealous members of the force might be sowing distrust by assuming extra powers, and admonishing behaviours during the lockdown which are not in breach…

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