Thames Valley Police Covid-19 Guidance

30th March

We understand that the new Government measures will undoubtedly have a major impact on you all and whilst this is difficult, it is a necessary adjustment. This is about protecting yourselves, each other and the emergency services working hard to keep you safe.

We ask you all to please take notice of the new direction from government and stay at home to help the national effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Thames Valley Police will, as always, police with respect and engagement and we will continue our day to day policing and we will be working with our communities so they understand the importance of complying with the government direction.

We continue to follow government, Public health England and the National Police Chief’s Council’s direction in the fight against Coronavirus.

We have tried and tested contingency plans in operation to enable us to continue to protect the most vulnerable in society and respond to where the need is most.

All precautions are being taken in order to protect our officers and staff so that we continue to police the Thames Valley.

Thank you for your support.

We will continue to share updates on social media and through Thames Valley Alerts. For more information on Coronavirus, you may want to visit the following sites:

  • NHS advice - How to avoid catching or spreading germs and when to seek medical help
  • PHE advice - Daily updates, signs and symptoms, current risk level
  • Government updates - Daily updates on the outbreak

Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

30th March

We have noticed a slight increase in arrests of people abusing shop staff which is completely unacceptable. The staff are working hard and putting themselves at risk in order to ensure we are able to have a constant supply of essential food and goods. They should not have to put up with abuse from members of the public that are frustrated with the self-distancing guidance. Since the 26th March 2020 we have arrested six people for various offences against shop staff which include causing harassment, alarm and distress and assaults, (including four members of shop staff being spat at). We will seek the maximum punishments available for anyone abusing key workers during this pandemic.Please check the government website to ensure you are up to date on current guidance. At this time to guidance is as follows.• Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).• If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.• Wash your hands as soon as you get home.Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.#respectkeyworkers #inthistogether #MKCustody #PS6283