Posted: Friday 15th May 2020
Last weekend, the Government outlined a conditional, gradual plan to reopen our communities, businesses and society. I know that the Prime Minister’s statement created more questions than it provided answers and many of you are still confused, concerned and anxious.
I am aware that local people have plenty of questions regarding how a change in restrictions affect them and their families. I hope the Chief Constable and I addressed some of your concerns in our Facebook Live earlier this week. It is clear from the changes in the Government regulations that the role of the police in enforcement will now be a lesser one and we all must take more social responsibility for our own actions.
The vast majority of us want to do the right thing to protect our loved ones and continue to lessen the impact on the NHS and save lives. Please remember, that we need to continue to observe the social distancing rules that have become part of our daily lives and stay at home where possible.
I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable and his senior leadership team and keep local people updated about what the latest changes mean for the policing approach in our communities.
We do know that coming out of lockdown will be a slow and steady process that will require patience, resilience and compassion from all of us. Inevitably, we will continue to be living with some restrictions over the coming months, which means we need to continue to be supporting those at risk of becoming victims. I will continue working the police and our partners to ensure victims have access to the help they deserve during and after lockdown.
As ever, if you have any questions regarding policing and coronavirus, please do not hesitate to tweet or Facebook message via @aandspcc.