Dozens of Lancashire Police officers tested positive for Covid-19

New figures reveal just how many officers have contracted coronavirus in Lancashire

More than 50 Lancashire Police officers have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The Police Federation says officers across the country are in “constant worry” when faced with offenders who may spit, bite and cough while being dealt with.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request from Lancashire Constabulary show a total of 55 police officers have tested positive for the virus.

More than 50 Lancashire Police officers have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began

The force's records are up to October 20 and those with positive tests included 44 police constables.

Nationally, at least 849 police officers have tested positive at the 26 forces in the UK which answered a Freedom of Information Act request.

Durham and Wiltshire police forces could not provide the number of officers with positive coronavirus tests.

However, Durham Police said 37 officers had been absent due to Covid-19, while Wiltshire Police said 134 officers had reported Covid-19-related sickness.

In August, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing issued new guidance to police forces on the use of personal protective equipment.

Advice was also given on social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, but it was accepted that maintaining a two-metre distance was not always possible.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Chairman of the Police Federation John Apter said it was “inevitable” some officers would catch the virus given their nature of work.

But he added: “There is also the constant worry of bringing the virus home to their loved ones which is exacerbated when they deal with offenders who weaponise the virus by spitting, biting and coughing - which is disgusting and unacceptable.

“People need to realise that behind the uniform, officers are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.”

Mr Apter urged the public “not to give up now” on combating the virus and to follow latest guidelines to reduce its spread.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The NPCC also urged the public to follow regulations.

Chairman Martin Hewitt said: “Whilst demand levels remain high we are well-prepared to respond to any crime or other issues that arise.”