UPDATED 26 MARCH 2020

First of all, a big thank you to all of those working in our emergency services, health and social care and public health for what you are all doing for us at this critical time.

Below are some updates about the situation in respect of Policing and my Office.

Please only look to and share official sources of information and guidance about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and how to deal with it.

Find out more information here:

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.gov,uk/coronavirus

Please do not contact Kent Police about coronavirus-related guidance. Use the links above.

Key helplines

Kent Police

I have been engaging with the Chief Constable in recent weeks to understand the impact that this will have on the Force and how he is working to support Officers, Staff and volunteers.

My team are involved in the Force briefings and I am receiving regular updates from Chief Officers. I have offered Kent Police my full support in getting them through this pandemic, including financial support should it be necessary.

Guidance has been published for Officers, Staff and volunteers for their own wellbeing and interactions with the public and it is being updated regularly. The College of Policing has published national guidance on how new police powers will be used:

Crime and other incidents will continue to be responded to based on the existing assessment of threat, harm and risk.

If there is an emergency or a crime in progress, please phone 999.

If the event has already occurred or it is not an emergency, or you have a question, please think about visiting www.kent.police.uk to report online to find out information first if you can.

You can also call 101, but do try to click online before you call as much of what you might need is available online.

Updates from Kent Police will be posted here on their website when necessary.

Please do not contact Kent Police to report groups congregating.

Officers and Staff

I know that there are some who might struggle for nursery places despite being in the emergency services.

I’ve been talking to providers about securing alternatives should children be left without a nursery for any reason, inc closure or shift changes.

PCCs joined a Conference Call with Kit Malthouse on Thursday 26 March to discuss the national and local impact of COVID-19. I joined the call, and we raised PPE for frontline Officers, testing kits, recruitment, funding, courts, domestic abuse services and other issues.

PCC Office and Commissioning

If you are a victim of crime and would like to talk to someone, please contact Victim Support Kent on 0808 168 9276.

My team has been in touch with those charities and other organisations who provide my victims services to make sure they know they have my support during this time, and that they will continue to receive funding so they can have stability.

I have a duty of care to my team, who will be following national guidance, and to my Independent Custody Visitors, who have been contacted by my Office.

I have liaised with the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South East area to talk about their working arrangements during this outbreak and how they will work with Police and courts to keep the justice system working as best as it can.

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