Welcome to another special edition of the stakeholder bulletin, providing you with an update on the role of Cheshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner in helping with the ongoing national emergency of the Coronavirus pandemic.
This week has seen further easing of restrictions after months of strict social distancing measures and, as time passes, the police role continues to change as public health regulations change.
As many are now able to spend more time outside of the home, undertake more activities and meet up with more people than before, we each need to take responsibility for doing that within the regulations – and to continue closely following the guidance, which will help to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
The guidance has changed to give people more flexibility and there are understandably some questions about this as people get to grips with what it means for them.
The people of Cheshire are being reminded to stay alert and stay safe and to keep playing their part in tackling the crisis.
The best way for everyone to keep informed on the latest advice and guidance is to visit the government website.
As a police service, we are confident people will continue to act responsibly and are pleased to see that the majority of local residents have been following the advice during the lockdown.
Our overall aim is to continue to encourage and support local people to follow the regulations and to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We will continue to use our ‘4E’s approach’ of engaging, explaining, encouraging and only enforcing as a last resort.
Officers will use common sense and discretion to determine what is reasonable.
Officers do not want to have to use enforcement powers but it is right that they are still able to take action against those who disregard the rules and, in doing so, are potentially putting people at risk.
It is important for the public to remember that, as a police service, we are relying on the good nature of those who live and work in the county to remember to follow the guidance of keeping two metres apart – this is vital for everyone’s health and safety.
Neighbourhood policing remains a key part of policing in Cheshire and our officers, PCSOs and members of the Special Constabulary continue to provide a highly visible presence in our local communities.
Officers across Cheshire are working hard to keep everyone safe in what remain challenging circumstances and we all need to continue to work together to get through this.
We want to reassure all residents that we are here to serve and protect and maintain the best service to the public and we will continue to work as hard as we can, alongside our partners, to keep everyone safe, protect our officers and staff, and support the nationwide response.
This bulletin provides you with a snapshot of key updates from the Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner over recent weeks.
You are a valued stakeholder and we would like to thank you for your continued support.
We would also like to remind you of the ways you can get in touch with Cheshire Constabulary.
In an emergency, where a crime is taking place or there is a danger to life, always dial 999.
For general enquiries, please visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or, if it is not an emergency, you can call 101.
Police station helpdesks remain open across Cheshire.
You can access further information on the issues they can help with here
The latest government advice and information on the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak is available via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
David Keane – Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire Chief Constable Darren Martland – Cheshire Constabulary