Members urged to use Track and Trace app

Members are being encouraged to use the Test and Trace app at work.

Dyfed Powys Federation is urging officers to help control the spread of the coronavirus by downloading the app to their personal phones and using it while working.

Branch secretary Roger Webb said: “I appreciate it’s a personal decision to download and use the app, but it’s one of the tools available to us to help control the spread of Covid-19

“We’ve seen that the virus hasn’t gone away. Indeed, the numbers have been rising, with more lockdowns being introduced which underlines the threat we still face.

“We all have to take steps to protect ourselves and each other and to control the spread. This app can help in doing that alongside other measures such as social distancing and hand washing.”

The Police Federation of England and Wales approached the National Police Chiefs’ Council on behalf of members following confusion over guidelines from police chiefs advising officers not to download the app on work phones.

After discussions with the app developers and colleagues from the National Cyber Security Centre, the Federation backed the use of the app on personal phones.

John Apter, national chair of the Police Federation, said: “The welfare of our members is absolutely paramount, and we view this app as a key part of the public campaign to contain the virus alongside personal protective equipment, distancing and hand hygiene.

“For our colleagues and their families to be as safe as they can be, all these elements need to be used together.

“It’s, of course, a personal decision if officers now want to download the app. However, we would encourage and urge our 120,000 members to do so for their own safety.”

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