PCC statement on the Covid-19 virus pandemic20 March, 2020
There is no doubt we are living in unusual and unsettling times.
Coronavirus is a public health emergency that is causing daily disruption and understandable anxiety to people across the world and it is vital that our Government fund whatever measures are necessary to protect life.
Together, we are all working hard to stop disease spreading and despite the difficulties, policing across Lancashire continues.
I am in regular contact with the Chief Constable, who, alongside officers and staff from across the Constabulary, continues to work around the clock to keep people safe and this will continue to be our number one priority.
Rest assured Lancashire has tried and tested plans to make sure we can continue to maintain our critical policing functions, respond to serious crime and protect the most vulnerable during this coronavirus pandemic.
There are ways that the public can really help Lancashire Police – one of them is to use the online reporting facility for non-emergencies and only make contact about policing matters which need a policing response.
It is my job as your PCC to be the voice of local policing in policing and hold the Constabulary to account to ensure the police are serving our communities effectively and efficiently.
It is also my job to work together with the police and all our partners to deliver essential services to our communities.
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership and Our Lancashire have been set up to support local communities and people in need. During this difficult time both will seek to provide a joined up and Lancashire wide support network for those affected by the current crisis.
The Lancashire Volunteer Partnership is looking to recruit additional Community Support Volunteers who can provide a befriending service and join those already volunteering. If you think you could help please visit their website for details in the coming week.
Developing safe and confident communities and supporting vulnerable people has never been more important and I commend our emergency services and all of those people who are making a positive impact in their community no matter what that might be or how small.
This crisis will test the capacity and capability of all emergency services. Institutions are under great pressure and putting in place contingency plans that will keep services running.
My Office is taking precautions to avoid the spread of this virus and I would urge all local businesses to do the same.
We all have an important role in the months ahead to look after ourselves and each other. We are stronger together.
I have recorded a video message which you can see on the office’s social media channels