Chief Constable sends out a video message to Bedfordshire residents

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Garry Forsyth and Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway have paid tribute to those who have heeded the COVID-19 lockdown advice. Chief Constable Forsyth said:

“I wanted to thank all of the public for the support you have given both to the concept of lockdown and also to our officers and staff. We’re absolutely committed to responding to your concerns, but also engaging with those not complying with rules and guidance.

“I’m very keen that our officers engage, explain the situation and encourage people to go home. Sadly there have been some occasions where people haven’t complied, and on those occasions we have enforced against them.

“But, overall, the support we have had for lockdown and towards our officers and staff has been brilliant, so a big thank you.”

The Chief Constable said that he knows that the lockdown can be frustrating. He added that it is “really important to stick to the guidelines” – to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“We are seeing some early indications that all of the sacrifices you have made have started to have a positive impact, but we’re also acutely aware if we think we can start to relax too early or people think ‘the rules don’t apply to us’, then we could see that reversed and put us in a much worse position for a longer period.

“So please do persevere.”

Both Mr Forsyth and Commissioner Holloway thanked people for continuing to observe the guidelines during religious celebrations. Including Easter and those currently observing Ramadan. Commissioner Holloway said:

“I’d like to thank every member of our communities observing Ramadan for their continued observance of social distancing and the stay at home requirement even at a time when the breaking of the fast is usually such an occasion for friends and families to get together.

“I’d also like to say thank you to all those who are staying at home in every one of our other communities to protect others. It’s an act of great selflessness to do so, especially during the amazing weather we’ve had recently and, in particular, those who don’t have access to outdoor space have made a greater effort than anyone else to look after the wider public and our fantastic hospital staff in Luton and Bedford.”