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Message from Joe Kidman Commander for Oxford police area

Alert message sent 03/04/2020 17:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

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 measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect our NHS and save lives.  

You 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 have been out and about to provide reassurance and to remind us all to follow the Government’s advice. Thank you to the many people in Oxford who have been so supportive of our officers and staff at this difficult time. 

In a compassionate city like Oxford, I know that many of you will be worried about the most vulnerable and I share your concerns. We are working closing with both the City and Oxfordshire County Council, as well as the voluntary sector, to ensure that vulnerable children and adults, including the elderly and homeless, get the support they need. I also want to make clear that our commitment to victims of domestic abuse is unwavering. We have not seen an increase in such reports at this time, but we recognise the heightened risks in the current situation and continue to respond to domestic abuse incidents every day as a clear priority.  

This current climate offers up a lot of uncertainty which can 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. 

From my own observation on patrol and speaking to my colleagues, it is clear that the vast majority of people are following the advice to stay home and save lives. Please accept a huge thank you from me and all of the officers and staff of Thames Valley Police working to keep us safe in the face of an extraordinary challenge.  

Sent on behalf of Superintendent Joe Kidman, Commander for Oxford LPA (Local Policing Area)

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 our 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 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.
Message sent by
Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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