VALE residents have been urged to come together and look after family, friends and neighbours during the Coronvirus crisis by West Mercia’s head of local policing.
Chief Supt Tom Harding made the plea in a statement issued by the force in which he evoked the community spirit shown across the area during last month’s floods which saw record-breaking river levels across the county.
The respected officer said West Mercia was playing a full role in working with colleagues in health and other partners to back the efforts of Public Health England to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“I know many people will be worried and concerned about the scale of the impact Covid-19 will have,” he said.
“Over the next few months we all look after and support each other, family, friends and neighbours. Following last month’s flooding I’ve heard many inspiring stories of how communities came together to support each other and I’m sure that whatever impact COVID-19 has over the coming months we will all pull together as a community and help look after each other in a similar way.”
“Police play an important role in co-ordinating the work of relevant agencies during major incidents.
“During the flooding, I witnessed first-hand how well partners and the community can come together to look after each other and am confident we will see the same as we navigate our way through the next few months.
“As a police service we have tried and tested plans in place to ensure we continue to provide critical services in times of increased demand, or if we experience staffing capacity issues.
“We may need to modify some of our services or find alternative ways of working, however, I can offer my assurances there will always be police officers on duty, day and night.
“We will continue to work 24/7 365 and we will continue to make sure we put our resources where they are needed to ensure we respond to emergency calls.
“If it is an emergency please ring 999 however if it is not urgent please consider if you do need to call us, there is plenty of advice and guidance on our website.”