Covid-19: Wiltshire Police 'not going anywhere'

Covid-19: Wiltshire Police 'not going anywhere'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:15pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 10:04am 20th March 2020)

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But the county's Police Federation is asking for our help to get through 'tough times' for the force and the whole county.

The union representing rank and file officers has put out a statement saying the coronavirus outbreak is one of the most 'significant challenges of our policing generation'.

As the pressure ramps up on public services, they're calling on us to think carefully about contacting police during this time.

But there's also a reassurance that officers will remain on the frontline throughout an unprecedented situation.

Police officers in Salisbury - policeman - police woman - Wiltshire Police
Wiltshire Police are not scaling back their day to day work due to coronavirus

Mark Andrews, Chairman of the Wiltshire Police Federation said: 

"These are tough times for the country. We are an emergency service and there is no working from home for the majority of our police officers as the public need to have access to us - and we will continue to protect them in line with the Police Attestation sworn by every constable at the start of their career. 

"All I would ask from the public is to consider, as they have been asked to do with the NHS, if the issue they are facing needs an emergency response or police involvement at all?

"The main question should be: are the police actually the best organisation to assist you or would the matter be more effectively handled by another, such as the council? 

"But we want to reassure people. We are not going anywhere. You can continue to rely on us when you are in need."

Police Community Support Officer - PCSO - Police Officers in Salisbury (Mike Draper)
Officers and PCSOs are continuing their duties a normal

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED POLICE

  • If it's an emergency, continue to call 999
  • If it's less urgent, you can still use the 101 service
  • Wiltshire Police can also be contacted via their website 

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson has also reassured us that officers are being supported through this time: 

THANK YOU TO OFFICERS

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard has posted on Twitter with his gratitude to staff: 

The Wiltshire Police Federation have also sent out a message to all of the emergency services:

Chairman Mark Andrews said: 

"I personally would like to thank the officers of Wiltshire Police and all of our friends and colleagues across the emergency services for their tireless efforts and hard work battling the consequences of this virus.

"Covid-19 is one of the most significant challenges of our policing generation - but it is a challenge our police officers will rise to in order to support the communities they serve."

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