Police Commissioner hails officers for pandemic response

Police Commissioner hails officers for pandemic response

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

MERSEYSIDE Police’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been “first class”, according to the region’s Police Crime Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy claims she has been “continually impressed and reassured” by the Force’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Merseyside.

She oversees and scrutinises the work of Merseyside Police through a number of ways, including quarterly Force Inspection meetings and fortnightly one-to-one’s with the Chief Constable.

She said: “Holding the Chief Constable to account for the management of the police response is one of my key roles and while the way I do this has had to adapt in light of the restrictions imposed on all of us during the pandemic, I have been continually impressed and reassured by the way Merseyside Police has risen to the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Merseyside Police is consistently assessed by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as the top performing urban force in the country, and I am in no doubt these high standards of service have been maintained despite the unique and exceptional circumstances they have had to contend with. It is clear their handling of the COVID-19 crisis has been first-class and I applaud the Chief Constable and his team on steering the force through this unprecedented time.

“They have had to grapple with emergency legislation relating to public gatherings, the distances people can travel from their own front door and even seeing members of their own family – all things we normally take for granted and would not expect to be a matter for the police and they have done it in a practical and common sense way, without putting officers and staff at unnecessary risk.

“My abiding thanks also go to the officers and staff who have acted with professionalism, strength and indomitable courage throughout this crisis. Their sense of public duty and service has shone throughout this time of emergency. The commitment to public service is exemplified by the high availability of staff and officers, making themselves ready to be deployed to keep us safe at even higher than normal levels, with consistently over 91% of the organisation committing to keeping us safe in the face of the same stresses we have all endured. Merseyside can be proud of their police force.”

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