Image copyright Midlands Police 'West image caption Sir Dave Thompson said changes to self-isolation rules need to be made quickly
The West Midlands Police Chief Constable has called for changes to Test and Trace as the force is hit by staff members who are self-isolating.
Sir Dave Thompson said the government should consider exemptions to allow officers to return to work.
He said he was "critical ... icing services and ensuring public safety ".
The government is due to announce exemptions for a few key fully vaccinated workers later.
image copyright image caption Sir Dave stated thatthe police had "been at the forefront of the response to the handling of the virus
"As infection rates remain high, this is becoming more and more additionally difficult within the West Midlands Police, like many other forces, to ensure that resilience is not compromised with high self-isolation via tracking and tracing or tracing. other notifications, "said Sir Dave.
" In this context, it is essential that we explore all opportunities with the government to promptly introduce a test and release program for the police, which allows us to more easily free up resources and meet demand at what is already an exceptionally busy time of the year with very high call volumes. "
The West Midlands Police are the second largest force in the country.
Sir Dave's comments come in the form of Over 600,000 people in England and Wales have received car alerts isolation in the week of July 8 to 15.
Supermarkets, as well as the hotel and transport sectors have reported an increasing number of affected employees , with some companies to reduce working hours 'openness to cope.
The National Council of Chiefs of Police (NPCC) has also raised concerns that police response times may have been affected by high levels of absence.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner have also expressed concern over the concernning the so-called "pingdemic " earlier this week.
"We suddenly find ourselves canceling rest days and canceling holidays and bringing in officers from other teams to fill in. shortcomings, "he said.
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