CORONAVIRUS: Police chief urges people to follow advice - and help to save lives

The head of Lincolnshire Police has urged people in the county to follow advice and guidelines issued about the coronavirus.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly

Chief Constable Bill Skelly stressed that by doing this, they could save lives.

And he warned that the coming months are going to be challenging in many ways – but stressed that the police would be there for people when needed.

“We will continue policing Lincolnshire with PRIDE – Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Empathy,” he said.

Police chief's message on virus

“We are a force that places our resources where they are needed most and we will continue to do this to ensure we protect people and prevent crime.”

He said t he response to COVID-19 by the health services and they was fantastic.

“Our role as the police is to support them in any way we can. Along with other agencies, there are plans in place to deal with the impact of the virus on our communities,” Mr Skelly said.

“Please follow the advice from Public Health England and the NHS about the virus and make every effort to do what is says. Right now, everybody in Lincolnshire has been asked to stop non-essential contact and stay at home wherever possible. Your actions now can save lives.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly is urging the county to follow givernment guidelines on coronavirus.

He said the Lincolnshire Police family, like many around the world, found themselves in difficult and unusual circumstance.

And he paid tribute to the force’s officers and staff and the work they were doing.

“Our staff are incredible, and they will continue to do their best for our county through these difficult times,” he said. “Please remember they also have families, friends, worries and fears. They want to do the best they possibly can for you and we ask now, more than ever, that you help us to help you, by looking after yourselves and following national advice.

“Please treat everyone in the emergency services with the same respect and kindness that you would expect for your own family.

“I hope you keep healthy and safe during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.”

In an emergency, call police on 999. For any other issues, look at the advice and guidance on the force website (www.lincs.police.uk) or use 101.

Mr Skelly said police will also continue to keep people updated on their social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.