Breitbart reports, “Another British police force has launched a website for people to inform on their fellow citizens who, they believe, have broken the coronavirus lockdown measures.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on Friday launched a website asking members of the public to report fellow citizens for breaching coronavirus social distancing guidelines introduced by the government, such as public gatherings of more than two people, travelling for non-essential reasons or continuing to operate businesses that have not been exempt from the lockdown rules.
“Tell us about a possible breach of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures,” reads a link to the page on the PSNI website.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said they had launched the website to free up the emergency phone line, which has been jammed with complaints from people attempting to inform on their fellow citizens. Since the lockdown was introduced on March 28 in Northern Ireland — part of the United Kingdom located in the northernmost area of the island of Ireland — police had received 906 complaints had been filed with the police.
“We want to resolve situations where the restrictions are being contravened without having to resort to enforcement powers or issuing fines,” Mr Todd said per the Evening Standard.
“However, where breaches do occur, we want to make it as easy as possible for members of the public to tell us while, at the same time, making sure that the 101 number remains available and accessible to those who need to report a crime or an incident,” he added.
“I am encouraging people to carefully consider the circumstances before making a report, but I can assure the public that all reports will be considered by our staff coordinating the operational policing response to Covid-19,” the assistant chief constable added.
The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster warned “I would remind people that the PSNI will have a strong presence on the ground over the Easter period and beyond, and they will take action against anyone who is flouting the rules on non-essential travel and social distancing.”
“This Easter, even though we can’t be together, we can all still do something special,” adding that: “We can help to save lives by staying at home, protecting the most vulnerable, protecting our frontline workers, and protecting our health service.”
Another police force has joined in with the effort. Humberside Police in northern England also built a website for citizens to snitch on their neighbors for violating the government’s rules on daily exercise and social distancing after police emergency lines were flooded with complaints.
In response to the pandemic, the British government is set to release an app that would track the movements and contacts of those infected with the virus, raising concerns that it could jeopardise citizens’ privacy and be used as a means of social control. The NHSX, the technology arm of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), is set to release the coronavirus tracking app to monitor the GPS location data and Bluetooth activity of those who install it.
The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock during Thursday’s Downing Street briefing mentioned issuing so-called immunity passports : “We are looking at an immunity certificate. People who have had the disease have got the antibodies and then have immunity can show that and therefore get back as much as possible to normal life.”