Operation Rockpool: Police to take more 'robust stance' on young people not physical distancing

Officers will be placed at particular '"trouble spots" to deal with anyone who disregards police warnings. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey Police say they are going to take a more robust stance on people who are not abiding by physical distancing rules.

States of Jersey Police, the Honorary Police and Jersey Youth Service will be working together as part of Operation Rockpool to tackle anti-social behaviour in key locations throughout the island.

Police have had to respond to a rise in groups, particularly young people, who have been ignoring physical distancing rules, littering, being publicly drunk and anti-social behaviour.

Officers will be placed at particular '"trouble spots" to deal with anyone who disregards police warnings.

Chief Inspector Mark Hafey, who is leading the operation, says officers will continue its “four E’s” approach - engage, explain, encourage, enforce – but that it will take action against those who are “wilfully ignoring” rules.

There is rightly frustration amongst the law-abiding public about the behaviour we have seen of late. A growing minority of mainly young people are behaving appallingly and this is having a significant impact on the ability of other Islanders to enjoy our outdoor spaces.

Chief Inspector Mark Hafey, States of Jersey Police

Chief Inspector Halfey also encouraged parents to play their part by making sure they are aware of what their children are doing, where they are going and the impact of anti-social behaviour.