PCC alert: update (22 May)
Three simple steps you can take to ensure you travel safely as the lockdown eases
No one sets out to cause a crash when they take to the road, yet an easing of Covid-19 restrictions last weekend was marred across Devon and Cornwall by a series of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s highways. Now partners committed to making Devon and Cornwall’s roads safer are urging motorists to take some practical steps to ensure they have a trouble-free journey and to relieve pressure on the NHS.
South West Peninsular Road Safety Partnership (SWPRSP) members remain very concerned about the number of serious collisions that have taken place in recent weeks and the change in traffic patterns as lockdown regulations are eased. Over five days immediately after the easing of restrictions there were six people either killed or seriously injured on the roads in Devon and Cornwall.
The partnership has asked road users to do the following:
The partnership is made up of a number of organisations, from air ambulance trusts to local authorities and emergency services, who are committed to cutting the number of deaths and serious injuries in half in the next decade.
More on our website: devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk
Police used its Covid-19 powers legitimately, panel finds
Devon and Cornwall Police has used its new Covid-19 powers legitimately, appropriately and proportionately in the first phase of the crisis, the police and crime commissioner’s scrutiny panel has found.
In a virtual panel that took place online on Monday 4 May, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, members of the public said that during the pandemic the police had a difficult task because different people want and expect different things from them.
The panel considered the opinions of individuals who had felt a genuine cause to complain or felt dissatisfied with the Force’s approach, but overall, and based on all the information reviewed, it considered that the Force’s response had been proportionate.
More on our website: devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk
Hocking House Podcast
The Commissioner is now updating residents of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on police, crime and commissioning via a weekly podcast which is available via iTunes and online at Audioboom.
This week the Hocking House Podcast went live on the OPCC Facebook page giving members of the public a chance to ask their questions directly to PCC Hernandez.
Listen to the most recent podcast here: audioboom.com
Ministry of Justice launches funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services
On the 19th May the Ministry of Justice launched a £20m Covid-19 extraordinary fund for organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. This funding is being assessed and administered by local police and crime commissioners.
In Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, PCC Hernandez is seeking applications from eligible organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
More information on our website: devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk
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Help and support for victims of crime
If you live in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly you can contact Victim Support for information and advice, using a live web chat 24 hours a day 7 days a week: victimsupport.org.uk. You can also contact Victim Support on Freephone 0808 1689 111.
Find out about other ways to contact Victim Support, including if you are deaf or hard of hearing: victimsupport.org.uk
In addition, the Victim Care Unit can be contacted on 01392 475900 from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at the weekend.
Information on the practical and emotional support on offer is available at victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk
Frequently Asked Questions – Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police have published a list of frequently asked questions around Coronavirus on their website. They cover a range of topics including daily life, crime, police response to Covid-19, day to day police work and new emergency legislation.
These FAQs are updated frequently and so we recommend you check them regularly: devon-cornwall.police.uk
Reporting crime to Devon and Cornwall Police
There’s also a useful AskNed system that provides online advice on a range of issues and by signing up to Neighbourhood Alert regular updates and information.
At this difficult time please remain vigilant and report anything you think might be suspicious. In an emergency situation, always dial 999.
Crime can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its website – crimestoppers-uk.org
The situation continues to change rapidly so for up to date advice on the Covid-19 virus please visit gov.uk
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