Understandably, local people are concerned about what the coming weeks and months will hold in terms of how we live our everyday lives.
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 and ensure you can access essential services you need during this unprecedented global health emergency.
As we continue to receive daily updates, advice and instructions from central government regarding how to slow the spread of Covid19 and lessen the impact, I will continue to work closely with Chief Constable Andy Marsh to ensure Avon and Somerset Police has everything they need to provide critical policing services and support our communities.
My priority as PCC will be to make sure that victims of crime are still at the forefront of everything the police do and it is crucial that the most vulnerable still have some level of access to vital services from the police and partners despite the unusual measures taken as a result of this pandemic.
I am assured by the Chief Constable and his Chief Officer Group that Avon and Somerset Police is in a strong position to support the response to the virus and I urge you all to follow advice from the NHS, Public Health England and central government to do your bit to lessen the impact of this pandemic.
During times of increased demand and possible reduced numbers of officers and staff due to illness remember there are alternative ways to report crime or incidents. If you want to, you can report a crime online as well as calling 101 for non-emergency matters. Please, only ring 999 in an emergency.
I cannot stress enough how important our dedicated ‘frontline’ officers, staff and volunteers are. This includes our handy people, mechanics, IT staff and other support functions who help our officers do their jobs but who often go unrecognised.
We are all committed to being open with our communities, working in partnership and having courage during these unsettling times and I know officers, staff, teams and volunteers will continue to go above and beyond for our communities.
Finally, remember to have compassion and look out for one another, especially those who are more vulnerable. We stand stronger when we support each other. We face this challenge together. Stay safe.
Remember, I am your voice in policing so if you have concerns about policing matters in your area and you would like to get in contact with me, visit: https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Contact/Contact-Us.aspx
Posted on Thursday 19th March 2020