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:

  • Check your vehicle – your vehicle may not have been used for several weeks. There are a number of simple checks which you can make to avoid a breakdown. The acronym FORCES, which stands for Fuel, Oil, Rubber, Coolant, Electrics and Screenwash, will remind you of the important areas to look out for. For more detailed advice see motoring organisations’ websites.
  • Take your time – if you have been out occasionally then you may have become used to roads that are considerably quieter than usual. Data compiled by the partnership shows that the number of vehicles going 15mph or more above the speed limit has increased when the roads are quietest. Your driving skills might also be rusty.
  • Be more observant – Traffic levels are increasing once again and more people are walking and cycling than usual. Ensure you are not distracted from the task of driving and look out for these vulnerable road users – they are more vulnerable and need your help to remain safe

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.
Organisations do not have to be currently or previously funded by the PCC to be eligible to apply.

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

In a non-emergency, you can also report a crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 101 webchat or on the online crime reporting form – both on the force website devon-cornwall.police.uk.

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


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