Policing in Sunderland has remained 'business as usual' during lockdown, say senior officers

Police in Sunderland have been able to maintain ‘business as usual’ throughout lockdown, according to top cops.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 5:02 pm
Northumbria Police

Many sectors and industries have been seen work disrupted during the coronavirus pandemic, with staff forced to self-isolate with confirmed or suspected COVID symptoms, or because they or a family member have been told to ‘shield’.

But according to law enforcement bosses on Wearside, officers in the city have remained largely unaffected.

“There’s been very few occasions, so far, where we’ve had to utilise overtime staff,” said Inspector Jamie Southwell, based at Sunderland Police Station.

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“Other than the odd individual who had to go off with good reason, we’ve had long periods of time where every member of my staff has been on duty, so we’ve been able to get by with business as usual.”

Insp Southwell was speaking at a meeting of Sunderland City Council’s East Sunderland Area Committee.

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