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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus updates 

 

With the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens will be providing regular updates regarding the work the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Avon and Somerset Police are undertaking to keep local people safe. 

 

 

Read the latest PCC updates:

May:

 

  • Funding boost of nearly £580,000 available for Avon and Somerset domestic abuse and sexual violence charities. Read more here.
  • PCC Sue Mountstevens asks local people to be kinder to themselves on Mental Health Awareness Week. Read more here.
  • Emergency funding to support the most vulnerable during coronavirus crisis. Read more here. 

 

April:

 

  • Chief Constable and PCC reassure local people that there's no safe space for criminals during lockdown. Read the full statement here.
  • "I think it’s important to acknowledge this is going to be a slow, steady process that will require patience and resilience from all of us and test us even further." Read the full blog here. 
  • "This week is National Stalking Awareness Week and the theme is See Stalking Clearly. The message serves as an important reminder that victims must remain visible and supported during these uncertain times." Read the PCC's full blog here. 
  • "You are contributing to the heroic efforts being displayed up and down country by individuals, neighbourhoods and communities." Read the PCC's full blog here. 

  • Show patience and compassion when visiting pharmacies. Read the full press release here. 
  • “We want to hear from victims of all crimes but we are particularly aware of the real risk those living in domestic abuse environments find themselves in. I cannot stress enough that help is still out there and you do not need to suffer in silence." Read the full press release here. 
  • At home shouldn't mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Support services are available, you can find out more: gov.uk/domestic-abuse.
  • "I know it was hard not being bale to enjoy the Bank Holiday with loved ones or to make the most of the glorious weather we had. However, by stayng at home you helped lessen the impact of the virus and protect the NHS. I want to take a moment today to recognise the many wonderful initiatives that local communities have set up to support each other in this crisis." Read the PCC's full blog here. 
  • "This bank holiday weekend will be like no other we have seen before. I cannot stress enough how important it is that over the Easter weekend we stick to staying at home, unless for the essential reasons clearly stated by central government." Read the PCC's full blog here.

  • "News that the Prime Minister is in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital has shocked us all. It is a stark reminder that coronavirus does not discriminate." Read the PCC's blog in full here. 
  • "I cannot emphasise enough just how vitally important it will be this week, that we continue to stick to staing at home unless we are leavin for essential shopping, medical care or one bit of exercise a day." Read the PCC's full blog here. 
  • Reflecting on the compassionate and thoughtful stories the PCC has heard this week. Read here. 
  • "In response to the numerous reports received to 101 and social media, Avon and Somerset Police have set up a specific covid online form for local people to report past incidents where there is a concern there has been a breach in the coronavirus regulations." Read the full statement here. 

 

March:

 

  • "I would sincerely like to thank our faith communities from the bottom of my heart and look forward to seeing how they continue to support local people over the next few weeks". Read the full statement here.

  • "Reflecting on the past week, I have been amazed by the courage shown by the brave frontline officers and staff, the NHS heroes and the outstanding key workers." Read the full statement here. 
  • "Let’s not forget that these courageous professionals and key workers are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles and someone’s child. We all have a responsibility to be compassionate, help them do their jobs and reduce unnecessary pressures on them." Read the full statement here. 
  • Read the joint statement from the PCC and Chief Constable . 
  • "Last night the Prime Minister announced much tougher restrictions on people to stop the spread of Covid19 in the UK and lessen the impact on the NHS and the vulnerable people in our communities." Read the full statement here. 

  • "It is at times like these that we must not be complacent. While frontline health staff are looking after sick people, seeing an increase in deaths and experts across the globe continue to work hard to find treatment solutions, we must do everything we can to slow the spread and reduce its impact." Read the full statement here. 
  • "I want to reassure you that my office and Avon and Somerset Police are doing everything we can to work with partners in health agencies and local authorities to keep you safe." Read the full statement here. 
  • "I would like to reassure people that I will of course stay on as Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset until elections are held." Read the PCC's full statement regarding PCC elections. 

 

Facebook Lives

May:

 

  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 regulations to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: NHS test and trace, fraud and police enforcement. The PCC and Chief Constable also discussed the recent events in Minneapolis and the death of George Floyd. Watch the full video here. 
  • The PCC put your questions about policing to Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: bank holiday issues, working with health partners, vulnerable children and online safety. Watch the full video here
  • The Deputy PCC put your questions about policing to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: the role of the Deputy PCC, changes in policing, celebrating Eid and Mental Health Awareness week. Watch the full video here.
  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 regulations to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: new regulations, reporting breaches of the regulations and travelling. Watch the full video here. 

 

April:

 

  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: travelling for exercise, speeding, domestic violence and staying safe on line. Watch the full video here. 
  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. This weeks topics included: road safety, the Holy month of Ramadan, stalking and PPE. Watch the full video here.
  • The PCC and Chief Constable answer your questions about policing and covid-19 live on Facebook. This weeks topics included police resilience, domestic abuse, reporting breaches of covid-19 restrictions and construction workers. Watch the full video here.
  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 to Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew. Topics included tradesmen, essential workers, custody and bank holiday weekend. Watch the full video here. 
  • The PCC and Chief Constable answer your questions about policing and covid-19. Topics included allotments, non-essential travel and reporting breaches of restrictions on the new covid-19 report form. Watch the full video here. 

 

March:

 

  • The PCC put your questions about policing and covid-19 to the Chief Constable Live on Facebook. Topics included police assaults, fraud, allotments and demand. Watch the full video here.
  • The PCC and Chief Constable hosted their second Facebook Live to discuss covid-19 and policing. Topics included driving to beauty spots, domestic abuse, enquiry offices and PPE for officers. Watch the full video here.
  • The PCC put questions about covid-19 and policing from local people to Chief Constable Andy Marsh live on Facebook. Topics included non-essential travel, car garages and homelessness. Watch the full video here. 

 

Read the latest Avon and Somerset Police updates:

May:

 

  • Avon and Somerset Police urge motorists to 'slow down, save lives'. Read the full story here
  • Avon and Somerset Police are helping to keep young people safe online during the Coronavirus pandemic, by promoting a new online safety campaign that supports parents to keep their children safe on their devices. Read the full story here.
  • Avon and Somerset Police have stepped up traffic patrols having seen the weekly number of complaints around speeding double in the weeks during lockdown. Read the full story here.

 

April:

 

  • Avon and Somerset Police are to break with the tradition of naming police horses after locations across the area, instead the youngest equine recruit has been officially named 'Hero'. The move is a lasting tribute to the NHS workers and carers who have been saving lives during the pandemic. Read the full story here.
  • Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum receives emergency supplies of much needed PPE earmarked for adult social care. Read the full statement here. 

 

March:

 

  • Vast majority of public complying with coronavirus rules. Read the full statement here. 
  • The majority of police enquiry offices across the force area have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Read the full statement here. 

  • Beware fraud and scams during Covid-19 pandemic. Stay at home - stay safe online. Read the advice here. 
  • Chief Constable Andy Marsh "I want to reassure each and every one of you that we are still here for you. We'll continue to respond to emergencies and hig priority incidents 24-hours a day, seven days a week and we're still patrolling our communities, arresting offenders,  and detecting and solving crime." Read the Chief Constable's full statement here.
  • A major incident has been declared by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to help with the multi-agency response to COVID-19. Read the full statement about the declaration from the LRF chair, ACC Nikki Watson. 
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