Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire | WYPCC

PCC sends message to local communities as National Lockdown commences

6th November 2020

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said:

“As we continue to find ourselves in the midst of this ongoing pandemic, it’s incumbent upon each of us to do the right thing, no matter how difficult that might be.

“We must all abide by these latest national restrictions in preventing the further spread of this deadly virus, not just in support of our local communities, but for the protection of our own families, friends and colleagues.

“If the NHS becomes overwhelmed and stretched beyond capacity, people will not be able to access the vital health services they need and ultimately we will all suffer.

“I know this is a very difficult and challenging time for local businesses and households, but none of us want to see this situation escalate further and we have to make it our personal responsibility to suppress the virus.

“West Yorkshire is known for its community strength and although it may feel in some sense that we have never been further apart, it is our collective solidarity and resolute attitude that will bring us through, by acting together, following the rules and coming through the other side safely and more quickly.

“The Police and our partners have a difficult challenge, but as well as dealing with crime and community safety issues, they will continue to engage, explain and encourage the public before taking the step of enforcement action when and where it’s necessary regarding Covid-19 breaches.

“As PCC I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police and fellow local leaders, ensuring a continued joint response alongside our partners.

“I am doing that at the West Yorkshire and national level and fully support the ask of Government for a really comprehensive support package to help protect jobs, our local NHS and most importantly the public through these difficult times.

“It’s important to emphasise that we’ve been working hard to ensure that support for victims of crime and vulnerable people are available and continuing in a Covid secure manner, so please do not hesitate to contact my office, West Yorkshire Police and key support services such as Victim Support here in West Yorkshire if you do need help.”