On Tuesday 24th March, Sir David Amess spoke with the Essex Police Department to support and discuss the Essex Resilience Forum and their work for the local community.
To deal with the growing threat of Coronavirus, the Essex Resilience Forum Strategic Coordination Group (SCG) has been put into action and is chaired by senior members of the Police Department, Fire Department and Essex County Council. One of the main purposes of the SCG is to minimise the risk of Coronavirus to the public by collaborating with Essex emergency services and Public Health.
Coordinated measures from emergency services across Essex increases the effectiveness of the responses as they work together to support local communities. It is reassuring that the Essex County Council has announced a further £18.6m of funding to care for residents in our local areas. This will allow our emergency services to adapt and deal with local threats more specifically and provide a more tailored response.
The Essex Police are still committed to upholding what the core function of policing is about – helping people, keeping people safe and dealing with criminals – and they are still doing the really important community policing as well as helping to deal with the Coronavirus situation we find ourselves in.
Sir David said “it is very important to follow the Government advice to support your NHS and your local Police and I am assured that there is a coordinated response from emergency services and local authorities across Essex to deal with the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic”.