A POLICE chief has reassured worried residents that the force is still committed to carrying out its duties.

Chief constable of Sussex Police Giles York said he could “fully understand” people’s concerns over law enforcement during the coronavirus crisis.

He said: “At Sussex Police we are prepared for this, working with our partners.

“You should not have noticed too much difference to our service so far but it might change if the challenges continue to increase for us.

“We are ready to continue to provide a policing service. We are absolutely set to support our partners in delivering the services that they need to too.

“And I am of course committed to looking after my own workforce to keep them as fit and ready as possible.

“You can help by contacting us online wherever possible and not asking us to attend unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

In a message to the nation yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that police had been given additional powers to fine people seen to not be adhering to government orders to stay at home where possible.

These people may be issued with fines.