Today, I want to say thank you.
Firstly, thank you to Avon and Somerset Police; from our frontline police officers and staff who are out on the beat keeping us safe in these challenging times to our Special Constabulary and cadets who are giving up their free time to help the force. I also want to say thank you to the handy people, mechanics, IT staff and other support functions who are helping our officers do their job but often go unrecognised.
Circumstances are changing hourly, let alone daily, and I am grateful to everyone in Avon and Somerset Police who have stepped up during these unsettling times. You are the unsung heroes who are determined and committed to supporting our communities. I know many local people will be worried about what the next few weeks and months hold, but I want to reassure you that I have complete faith that Avon and Somerset Police will be able to deal with the challenges that come along.
I also want to say thank you to the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who working around the clock to save lives, as well as the 5,633 nurses and midwives and 1,930 doctors who have re-joined the health service to help tackle the outbreak. We need these individuals more than ever, and my office and Avon and Somerset Police are doing everything we can to support the NHS, local health agencies and our partners to keep you safe.
Finally, thank you to the social care staff, the teachers, the cleaners, the shop assistants, the postal workers, the journalists and to all other key workers. The work they undertake has never been more important in supporting, protecting and helping local people.
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.
So remember, stay home and save lives.
Posted on Wednesday 25th March 2020