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Reflecting on the past week

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Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, I’m sure the last few days have been a challenge for many us and we are living very different lives compared to a few weeks ago. As I have mentioned in my daily updates, I cannot stress enough how important it is that we observe these new restrictions to help lessen the impact of the virus, protect the NHS and help the most vulnerable in our communities.

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. I also want to thank the local people who have taken it upon themselves to help others during this pandemic; thousands of you have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against Coronavirus, proving that a crisis can bring out the best in people. I will certainly be joining the mass clap happening tonight to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, GPs, carers, emergency workers, pharmacists and everyone else who is working around the clock to keep us safe.

Over the last few days, local people have come together with the same purpose in mind - community spirit. From the groups set up to help the most vulnerable in our communities and those who have signed up to Bristol City Council’s ‘Can Do’ volunteering scheme to the coach drivers retraining as ambulance drivers to support the NHS and the youth groups coming up with inventive ways to keep our children entertained - it is heart-warming to hear how we are pulling together to ensure we get through this challenging time.

Avon and Somerset Police’s own officers and staff are going above and beyond to not only support local people but to support each other. Yesterday, I received a lovely email from a colleague who wanted to tell me about the help she received from an individual who works on the IT helpdesk. The young lady being celebrated plays a key role in supporting officers and staff do their jobs, and she ‘pulled out all the stops’ to help another.

It is undeniable that the next few weeks are going to be tough, but we must continue to try and be as positive, compassionate and understanding as we can. We need to celebrate the achievements of others – no matter how big or small – and continue to work in partnership.

I will continue to regularly update you and, in the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Coronavirus and policing please do not hesitate to let me know via email (pcc@avonandsomerset.police.uk), via twitter (@AandSPCC) or via Facebook (@AandSPCC).

Remember, stay home and save lives. 

Posted on Thursday 26th March 2020
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