Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said:
“It is clear that this global health emergency will take many months to overcome and our approach to it needs to be calm and fact-based. My general position is that the Government should fund whatever measures are necessary to protect life and slow the spread of infection. Where further funds may be needed, I will discuss the options available to us with the Chief Constable and our financial teams.
“I am regularly briefed on how the Force are adapting and responding to this ongoing issue and I am assured the situation is being managed effectively.
“My priority as PCC is to ensure vulnerable people and victims of crime have access to the vital services they need, many of which are commissioned by my Office. I’ve reached out personally to our commissioned services today, to ensure they have what they need to keep providing a lifeline to those most in need.
“I’ll also be engaging with leaders of criminal justice agencies such as courts and prisons, to understand how the system can continue to operate under these unique circumstances.
“My Office is taking sensible precautions to avoid the spread of this virus and I would urge all local businesses to do the same.
“That includes following the public health advice issued with regard to hand washing and one-to-one contact, looking to scale down internal and face-to-face meetings and encouraging anyone who feels unwell to self-isolate immediately.
“We’re committed, as always, to being the voice of the people for policing and community safety in Cleveland and my team can be contacted as normal with any concerns or worries as the situation develops.”
Posted on Tuesday 17th March 2020