Bridget Phillipson Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South
I recently spoke with Sarah Pitt, Chief Superintendent for Northumbria Police, about how officers are keeping our community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Police are urging everyone to make sure they stick to the government’s advice on staying at home and they are reminding residents to follow the new legislation in place during this crisis. Officers are grateful for the cooperation shown by the vast majority of local people who are behaving responsibly, and playing their part in stopping the spread of the virus.
There has been a huge increase in emergency and non-emergency calls in recent weeks. While officers remain ready and able to help, they would also ask that people report non-emergency incidents online wherever possible – you can do this here:
The advice on staying at home has raised concerns about a possible escalation in domestic abuse, as those affected may find it difficult to leave the household of an abusive partner. Superintendent Pitt has reiterated the police’s commitment to helping all victims of domestic abuse – if you or anyone you know is affected by this, you can read about how to access help and support here:
I would like to thank officers for their dedication at this challenging time. The spread of COVID-19 has put all of our emergency services under heavy pressure, and they are doing everything they can to ensure our safety and wellbeing – we owe them a great deal of gratitude.