Police issue message of community safety reassurance during Covid-19 crisis
26 March 2020
The Metropolitan Police have issued a message of reassurance to the public, urging them to contact the service by phone or email if they are concerned about any community safety issues during the pandemic (to read the full letter scroll down).
They are particularly keen to hear from residents who have direct concerns about any community tensions that may be flaring up.
Neighbourhood teams can be contacted in the normal means (via telephone, email, or via the the Met website: ‘what’s happening in my area’, type in your postcode, and then scroll down to ‘contact my team').
Alternatively the public should call 101 or, in an emergency, 999. Crime and anti-social behaviour can be reported online via the website. This will help free officers and call handlers to attend to those who need them the most.
Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: “We are grateful to our partners for this reassuring message at this time and I would urge the public to report any issues they feel could begin to compromise the important work we need to do to manage the Coronavirus outbreak.
“The police remain a very strong presence in our communities and they will be doing everything they can to ensure that there are no additional issues to worry about while we all pull together and deal with this crisis.
“If anyone is worried about the flare-up of any tensions then they are being urged to contact the Police straight away.
“We must all unite together at this time, update ourselves and follow the guidance we are being given, which is changing all of the time, and help one another where we can.”
The full letter from the Metropolitan Police:
We recognise that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is of great concern to everyone throughout the country at the moment, but I just wanted to reassure you that the Met is, and will continue to, work around the clock to keep our communities safe and deliver a critical service of business under the current circumstances.
Although we are continuing to monitor the current situation, we are running a business as usual model responding to operational need and demand and are being as flexible as possible to achieve this.
Where possible we are also following the Public Health England advice and we are currently reviewing our position about not be sending police representatives to meetings or panels in order to avoid gatherings where there may be an increase in the spread of the virus. We ask that you continue to contact us via email or phone. I would also advise keeping an eye on the local Twitter channels and @MetpoliceUK.
We do think it is vital to maintain channels of communication between the police and community. We would be particularly keen to hear if you or your residents have any direct concerns about community tensions. Your Neighbourhood team can be contacted in the normal means (via telephone, email, or via the met website: https://www.met.police.uk/, ‘what’s happening in my area’, type in your postcode, and then scroll down to ‘contact my team). Alternatively you can call 101 or, in an emergency, 999. You can also report crime and anti-social behaviour online via the website. This will help free officers and call handlers to attend to those who need us the most.
You may have seen the latest statement by Commissioner Cressida Dick in the Evening Standard on Tuesday (available to read here) that discusses how our brave officers will continue to deliver the top tier service many of us are used to and expect.
I have no doubt that the coming weeks and months will provide many challenges for all of us, however it is more important than ever that we continue to work closely with each other and support each other during this period. The Met, and London are extremely resilient. Our officers are, and will continue to be out on the streets and supporting communities in order to perform our primary function - to protect lives and prevent crime wherever we can.
Should you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact my office or me directly.
A/Chief Superintendent NW BCU