Police Scotland praise response to social distancing regulations as 25 people in Scotland are fined
Officers were given the power on Friday to fine people who refuse to stay at home and only go outside if they have a “reasonable excuse”.
Police Scotland is still compiling data from the weekend, but initial indications show that officers had to issue penalty notices on only 25 occasions across the country.
Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: “We’ve had high visibility patrols in place right across the country since we were given these enforcement powers.
“But it’s clear that the vast majority of people are complying with the measures. They know the message is to stay at home, and by and large, they’re doing that.
“Where our officers have encountered people outside, they’ve been able to engage with them or educate them on why it’s so important to follow the guidance from our public health experts in order to save lives and protect the NHS.
“There will always be people who refuse to comply, but the low number of penalty notices shows they are in the minority and in those cases we’ve had to use enforcement as a last resort. This is a big change to the way people live their lives and they need to adjust to that.
“There were issues with people driving to some outdoor spaces such as parks and we will address this, working with our partners in local authorities where appropriate.
“We have been given extraordinary powers in an extraordinary situation, powers we would not normally wish to have, but I’d like to thank the public for helping and supporting us.
“We police with the consent of the communities we serve, so a positive relationship with those communities is of huge importance to us.”