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"Your cooperation is paramount" - Devon and Cornwall Police issue update on COVID-19

"Your cooperation is paramount" - Devon and Cornwall Police issue update on COVID-19

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:13pm 26th March 2020. (Updated at 12:18pm 26th March 2020)

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police has said our cooperation during this time is 'paramount' to ensure we keep each other safe.

It comes as police in the county are given new powers by the Government, which enables them to patrol the streets and issue fines to those who are making non-essential journeys. 

On Wednesday, police stopped over 150 vehicles in the Penzance, Hayle and St Ives areas to check with people why they were out and about on the roads. 

With the current situation regarding COVID-19, police have reiterated that we are living in unprecedented and worrying times. With this in mind, Devon & Cornwall Police say it is doing all it can to keep its officers, staff and community’s safe.

"You’ll be aware of the statement by the Prime Minister last night [Wednesday].

"Over the coming hours, days and weeks, the police service for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will work to enforce the position taken by the Prime Minister.

"We will do so compassionately, fairly with discretion and judgement.

"Your cooperation in that is paramount. Should we have to resort to using the law, then I suggest we all as a community have failed to realise the significance of this moment and our role in keeping our NHS safe and the people who we love and care for safe."

Shaun Sawyer, QPM Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police has released its latest operational updates:

Emergency and high priority calls

You will see no changes to the way we respond to emergency and high priority calls. These are a critical function we will maintain to protect the public.

To help us to continue to provide a service please can, where possible for non-urgent calls, people visit our website to use our webchat, online crime reporting and other reporting forms instead of calling 101.

If you have a question and not sure who can help then try our non-emergency database, AskNED.

Enquiry Offices

Devon & Cornwall Police are taking precautions to reduce the risk of contamination, including closing or reducing hours of police station enquiry officers. This has been a difficult decision, but a vital one in protecting the health of our officers and staff.

Please do not visit police stations unless you really need to – you can find the latest information about opening times on the police enquiry offices information pages.

Staying up to date

Government and Health advice

We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus and you are urged to continue following the Government’s advice around social distancing, good hygiene and self-isolation.

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