Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, said: "The Government, with the support of Opposition parties, and on the basis of the best scientific advice, has imposed severe restrictions on everyday life. These restrictions will be difficult for everyone, but are necessary if coronavirus is to be brought under control and the NHS protected. The powers likely to be given to the police to enforce these new rules are wide ranging, but the vast majority of the public will do their best to obey them. The police do their jobs with the consent of the public, and should only in a few instances have to enforce these new powers. It is with the support of the public that the police will be able to continue to provide safety to the people of the Thames Valley. It is up to all of us to make sure we do our best to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
"These will be difficult times for all public services, police officers and our staff are not immune to the effects of the virus. As well as supporting the NHS by enforcing the Government’s restrictions, the police must still continue to prevent crime and protect the public. Whilst some crime, such as burglary and violence, is reducing due to the changes, we are vigilant for an increase in domestic abuse and criminals who will sadly seek to exploit these new circumstances.
"The Chief Constable and I are confident that Thames Valley Police will continue to offer the public the protection and support they deserve, but we do need the public to abide by the Government’s restrictions, and support public safety and the NHS. I am confident that the people of the Thames Valley have the common sense to do so. Remember the simple advice, stay home, save lives."