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COVID-19 Week 3

Alert message sent 17/04/2020 20:35:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good Evening Citizen,

I hope you are keeping well in these difficult times? As we once again reach the end of our shift we present our 3rd weekly update on what your neighbourhood team have been doing. To avoid confusion we are on the 4th week since the UK went in to lockdown and this week we have seen the announcement from the government that we must all continue to adjust to this new way of life, temporarily. We hope that even through this you have managed to celebrate Easter or Vaisakhi (if you celebrate either or) or if you are preparing for Ramadan next week.   

As usual our patrols have been focused on our key areas where we have continued to liaise with businesses and offer multilingual literature with advice on Coronavirus. Our partnership team are still creating posters and information in other languages and we will continue to be distributing these to businesses that remain open. Should you want any information on what languages we provide you can get in touch with the team at the e-mail, which will be added at the bottom of this week’s update again for you should you wish to get in touch. Again, as we have spoken with essentials shops we are still receiving reports or encountering shops not considered essential and have been told to close. We are working closely with local authorities and assisting them in enforcing against those who repeatedly open against government advice.

On our patrols we have continued to use the practice of the 4 E’s (Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce). The team have fortunately not had to issue any tickets still and we thank you for following the government guidelines. We have continued to advise those who have not followed the guidelines and have been directed to return home which has proved effective but would like to assure you that should we need to enforce we are still in a position to do so.

From last week’s update on asking you to get in touch we have had some positive responses and would ask for these to continue as we are at the ready to support those who need that extra support in these difficult times. A couple of examples from this week:
  • A lady got in touch with us who has recently had an operation for her cancer and wanted some support in helping tackle her overgrowing garden as she was unable to do so. PCSO’s from the team visited the lady and cut her garden for her, had a chat and gave her that reassurance that the neighbourhood team is still at a capacity to do the little things that go a long way for those who are isolated alone without their network of family and friends at this time. This was posted on twitter and has had great response.
  • A member of the public reached out to the neighbourhood team and asked for reassurance on some elderly residents on a street and today PCSO’s have gone out with a letter with information on support/ services available to them and a crime prevention kit including; crime prevention information/ advice and alarms. In total 14 houses were visited and given one of these.
As well as adapting to our role during COVID-19 we are still tackling crime and this week the PC’s have been doing primary investigation for a crime; taking statements, collecting CCTV and identifying the offender who was today arrested and is now in custody for burglary.

Before I finish again with this weekly update, I want to ask for your continued support in following the guidelines and in doing so you are saving lives and protecting the NHS (please check regularly on NHS and GOV website for up-to-date information). If you know someone who needs support get in touch with the team e-mail: handsworthwood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. As before thank you for your continued support, stay safe and please promote that we are utilising WMNOW to reach out to you in the community.

Kind Regards,

PCSO 31409 Moloney
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Jakob Moloney (Police, PCSO, Handsworth Wood)

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