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Message from Gavin Wong Commander for Slough police area

Alert message sent 01/04/2020 15:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

I understand the significant adjustments that everyone is making in order to follow the measures that have been set out by the government.  It is important to remember that these have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the NHS in particular who are doing such a magnificent job.  Thank you and our thoughts are with you and your families.  My thoughts are also with those directly affected by the virus.

Everyone will be aware that the police were given new powers to help reinforce these measures and whilst these are an option to us, we will only use them as a last resort. Officers will routinely be stopping members of the public and vehicles to ensure the Government’s advice is being adhered to so please don’t be alarmed if you are stopped and work with us if you are told to return home.

I appreciate that the current climate offers up a lot of uncertainty which may make people feel anxious, unsettled and fearful but I want to reassure you that my team and I are still policing your communities, responding to emergencies as well as effecting the Government’s restrictions to stay inside and only go out in very specific circumstances.

I do however want to say a huge thank you to all of you who are staying inside and keeping our streets clear.  There have also been many messages of support for my team over the last few weeks which I am grateful for.  I would also like to add my thanks to my team for their sterling efforts.  They are prepared to put themselves at risk in order to ensure we continue to provide the best service we can and I am very proud of them.

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

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 a message from Chief Constable John Campbell on our website.
If you need to report anything to us 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. 

Sent on behalf of Superintendent Gavin Wong, Commander for Slough LPA (Local Police Area) 
Message sent by
Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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