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600 people offer to become emergency volunteers for Surrey Police

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600 people offer to become emergency volunteers for Surrey Police

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:37pm 2nd April 2020.

Surrey's Police Chief has thanked the hundreds of people who have come forward to offer their services to support the force during the coronavirus outbreak.

580 members of the public have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer. 

Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has thanked everyone who got in touch with them. 

Surrey Police says it is continuing to plan ahead to deal with COVID-19.

This includes creating a database of retired police officers, specials and police staff who may wish to return to policing temporarily and members of the public who may have specific skills that would be of use. 

Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said they're delighted with the response:

“We believe it demonstrates the great sense of community here in Surrey and Sussex, with everyone wanting to pull together and help.

“This is also reflected in how the vast majority of the public are already supporting the force’s work by adhering to the government guidelines to stay indoors, to only travel when essential and to observe safe social distancing.”

As the situation progresses over the next few weeks, Surrey Police says it will continue to monitor its resourcing levels and assess the potential demand for additional roles.

If they feel a person’s particular skills can be used, Surrey Police will make contact with them.

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CC Gavin Stephens added:

“We will endeavour to update all those who have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer, but due to the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the situation and the volume of expressions we have received, this may not always be possible.

“We ask people to please bear with us and know that even if we don’t respond to you immediately, we are incredibly grateful to you for expressing an interest in supporting Surrey Police.” 

Surrey Police have been engaging with members of the public to explain the importance of following government guidance, to protect public health and the NHS. 

“We are encouraging people to comply with the government guidance but if faced with non-compliance we will, if necessary and proportionate, follow up with enforcement action as set out in the new legislation.

"Surrey Police has a strong relationship with our communities and I know my officers will be using their skills and powers in a way that maintains public support.

I have received many messages of support from community leaders and the public and am pleased to pass them onto officers who are taking personal risks to protect the NHS, they really make a difference.

“We would also like to reassure the public that although we are putting these contingency plans in place, we are still in a position to respond to emergencies and carry out the normal day-to-day policing expected of us, to keep the public and our communities safe.”