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Coronavirus: Warwickshire Police commissioner praises agencies' response

Leamington Editorial 20th Mar, 2020   0

WARWICKSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner has praised police, health care agencies and other emergency services for their response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Philip Seccombe said there was a resolve among all agencies in the county to do everything they can to keep people safe and support communities through this ‘unprecedented’ crisis.

He said: “Warwickshire has always proved itself to be resilient and I am convinced that, while there are undoubtedly difficult times ahead, we will continue to see the strong partnership working that Warwickshire is famed for, bringing communities together to help each other throughout these challenging circumstances.

“I can reassure the public that the force is working well with other agencies to co-ordinate their response, with a focus on keeping all parts of the community safe, especially those who are most vulnerable.

“I have every confidence that by working together, Warwickshire can rise to the challenges that lie ahead, whatever they ultimately may be.”

He added he was in close contact with organisations funded by his office and commissioned services for victims, which he said had all adapted well to current restrictions, with staff continuing to offer support online and over the telephone while working from home.

He said: “At a time when we may all feel some sense of isolation and vulnerability, it is critically important that they are in a position continue to offer help and support where it is needed.

“My office will do it all it can to ensure the organisations we fund can continue to work effectively both now and after we have come through this very difficult period.”

The deadline for completing the Public Priorities Survey – a survey on the future direction of policing and criminal justice in Warwickshire – has been extended indefinitely in light of the outbreak.

Mr Seccombe said: “The consultation had been due to close this week but we understand filling in such a survey will quite rightly not be people’s priority right now.

“It remains important that we hear from as many residents as possible to get their feedback on priorities around crime and policing. This will help us to plan for the future and shape services in line with public expectations.

“We will look at our options to further publicise the survey later in the year once the situation in the community has returned to normal.”

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