Estonia: Police to start using loudspeakers to inform people about movement restrictions

  • 2020-03-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Starting from Wednesday, more police officers than usual can be seen patrolling the streets of Estonia to monitor adherence to emergency situation rules and loudspeakers will be used by police to communicate information to as many people as possible in an efficient and contact-free manner.

Director general of the Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher said the police are already monitoring adherence to movement restrictions and this is initially done through communication. "A police officer's strongest power is their communication skills and evaluating different situations is nothing new for the police," Vaher said.

He added that if anyone notices larger public gatherings anywhere, they should notify the police. The Police and Border Guard Board has 20 additional patrols out to control such situations. "I cannot tell you to not go outside, because experts say that infection takes place quicker in a closed space than outside, and spending time in fresh air is healthy, but the police are monitoring spaces that people love to go to," the police chief said.

According to Vaher, the emergency situation gives the police many opportunities, including checking people's backgrounds, such as identifying whether people on the street in the group are families or engaged in public duties.