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Message from Amy Clements, Commander for Chiltern & South Bucks LPA

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

The following message was issued on 3rd April on behalf of Superintendent Amy Clements, Commander for Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire LPA (Local Policing Area).

I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the movement restrictions set out by the Government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, to protect the NHS and to save lives.

You will be aware that the police were recently given new powers to help reinforce these measures. Our approach to these is to engage with our public, explain the measures and why they’re in force and encourage everyone to keep to the new measures. We have been given enforcement powers, but will only use these as a last resort.

My officers will routinely be stopping members of the public and vehicles to ensure that the Government’s advice is being followed so please don’t be alarmed if you are stopped but we do ask that you work with us and follow any instructions that officers may give you.

I know that in the uncertainty of the current climate you may feel anxious, unsettled and fearful. I want to reassure you that in Chiltern & South Bucks we are still policing as normal and we are responding to emergency calls and investigating crime as we do at any other time. We continue to police our community priorities of burglary prevention, drugs and anti-social behaviour.

In addition to our normal policing duties, we are also helping to keep the country safe from Coronavirus by ensuring people keep to the movement restrictions. We cannot do that without you, and I thank everyone who is adhering to the guidance, staying home unless absolutely necessary, and saving lives by doing so.

Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you for all the messages of support and generous donations that have been made to my team: just this week we have had donations of protective masks, gloves and hand sanitiser as well as many messages of support. All of this makes a difference – thank you.

By continuing to stay home, you can protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you again for your co-operation during these challenging times.

The following update by Thames Valley Chief Constable John Campbell was issued on 3rd April:

Useful information and advice

For more information on the Government’s restrictions, please visit the GOV.UK website.

You can find a number of frequently asked questions and messages from Chief Constable John Campbell on the TVP website.

You can report a suspected breach of coronavirus measures through the dedicated form on the Thames Valley Police website.

If you need to report anything that is not an emergency, you might experience some delays calling 101 so where possible report through the Thames Valley Police website. In an emergency always call 999.

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