An online tool for members of the public to track ongoing Covid 19 breaches has been released by Police Scotland.
The form, introduced in December, enables members of the public to track, in Scotland, any violations of the related Covid restrictions in place.
With most of the country at level 4, it is hoped that the new instrument would allow all reporting of violations to be carried out.
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Under Level 4, individuals do not meet or have large gatherings in each other’s homes.
How do I report a violation of the coronavirus rule using the form?
By accessing the form HERE, you can report a violation that is happening in Scotland.
The type is for violation reporting and is not intended for emergency reporting. In an emergency, police also warn the public to dial 999.
Can I have past violations reported?
The reporting tool does not allow you to report past events, but it is possible to report to the police ongoing or current incidents.
Therefore, by the toolkit, you can not disclose that anyone has broken the law, such as at a New Year’s Eve gathering.
What are the rules for violating Covid?
The police were given the power on August 28 to break up house parties that breach the rules of social gathering.
Police will order meetings that violate the rules to stop, and a police officer may issue a fine notice of £ 60 if this is not followed. When paid within 28 days, this is reduced to £ 30.
If an individual has already issued a fine notice, the sum increases to £ 120 and doubles to a maximum of £ 960. for each subsequent offense.
What did the cops think about the toolkit?
An online form is already available to allow the public to report less serious grievances and help alleviate demand for our 101 and 999 services, especially in December, which is the busiest month for our control rooms, Chief Superintendent Roddy Newbigging said.
We have now adopted a different method for individuals in Scotland to disclose repeated violations of coronavirus regulations.
“If they have suspicions that anyone is breaking the law, we will still urge someone to call the police, but people shouldn’t have to do that.
“People shouldn’t have to call about their neighbors because everyone should take responsibility for doing the right thing to stop the spread of coronavirus.”
The toolkit was posted on social media by Police Scotland, saying, “Our online #COVID19 breach reporting form is now live.”
Our online reporting form is now live https://t.co/vs7uwvdBUzzBUzz for reporting #COVID19 breaches
Before contacting us at pic.twitter.com/A4f9pGCqKoKoK, make sure you understand the rules for assemblies for your region through @scotgov
-Scotland Police (@policescotland) January 2, 2021
“Make sure you understand the rules around assemblies for your area, via the Scottish Government, before contacting us.”
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“They added: “For advice on #COVID19 limitations, don’t call 101 or 999. It could cost lives to misuse 101 and 999. In Scotland, you can report an ongoing infringement of COVID19 restrictions using our online form.
Here’s how the police will report coronavirus violations.
The covidreporting tool can be accessed HERE