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Coronavirus update from Avon and Somerset Police

Coronavirus update from Avon and Somerset Police Community Liaison Co-ordinator

Good afternoon, I hope you are all well.

In light of the Government announcement last night I felt I should send out a general update on where we are in Bristol. I would like to take the opportunity to reassure you that front line policing numbers are being maintained and the public will see no change to our response to emergency and high priority incidents. Neighbourhood policing teams will still be patrolling and available to speak to about any concerns or worries. Police station enquiry offices remain open at this time with appropriate measures taken to follow health advice but try and encourage people to report non-urgent incidents or concerns online via our website instead of calling 101 – link: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/

It is heart-warming seeing initiatives designed to help the elderly or most vulnerable in our communities – but can I suggest linking in with the local authority who are compiling lists and databases of community efforts. An example of this is the Can Do website for Bristol City Council area https://candobristol.co.uk/ .

Self-isolation can take a toll physically and mentally and I would recommend the Every Mind Matters page. It provides hints and tips on dealing with the challenges of self-isolation and anxieties about the COVID-19 situation https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

In relation to the restrictions on movements and gatherings these are unprecedented times and a fast-moving situation, where our priority is to keep people safe to save lives. Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, is speaking to fellow chief constables today to see how we can best enforce the proposed measures and seek further clarity around new legislation coming into force. We expect the legislation to be enacted by Thursday.

The measures will allow us to disperse groups of more than two people. If they don’t disperse, they could face a fine. Initially we will be seeking to persuade those not listening to the advice to do the right thing – this will be through talking to people and reasoning with them. Enforcement will be a last resort. We’ll also be working and supporting local authorities to deal with essential businesses which remain open. The expectation from the Chief Constable is that where possible, our uniformed colleagues will be out and about.

Warmest regards, Keith

Keith Openshaw QPM
Community Liaison Co-ordinator
Bridewell Police Station
01278649303
07802874510
Keith.openshaw@avonandsomerset.police.uk