Messages from South Wales and Dyfed-Powys chief constables
South Wales and Dyfed-Powys police forces have issued statements today following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday.
South Wales Chief Constable Matt Jukes:
The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.
I hope that the vast majority of our communities will recognise the need to comply with new restrictions announced by the Prime Minister based on the severity of the situation.
South Wales Police has a track record of maintaining public order and safety in huge events and at times of emergency. We have always done so positively, with pride and professionalism.
So, we will continue to do what we do best – engage with people. We will ask them to support their communities and stick to these important restrictions. As the public would expect, we will also enforce the existing law when this is necessary and new legal powers, as they come into effect.
My colleagues – the police officers and other staff who you may speak with in the coming weeks are working to keep you and your families safe and well. They have families to go home to, too. Thank you, in anticipation for your support and cooperation.
Dyfed-Powys Chief Constable Mark Collins:
The pace at which the situation has unfolded over the last week has been unprecedented, and this is a situation that the majority of us could never have anticipated.
I understand that our communities are being asked to live in a way which they are likely never to have experienced before, and I hope the majority are complying with the Prime Minister’s instruction to limit movement and time out of the house.
We take pride as a service in the relationship we have with our communities and I’m confident that people will follow these stringent but very necessary measures that the Government have put in place. For those who will not follow the measures, we will utilise the existing powers we have, as well as any additional powers as they become available to us.
I am extremely proud of the work that has gone into the planning around this operation and the commitment shown by my staff.
We have a history of very positive relationships with our colleagues across health, local authorities and other blue light services across the Dyfed-Powys area, and with our counterparts in the three Welsh forces - we are all working together to support each other through this time.
I ask our communities for their support too, and with that, I’m confident that together we can get through this. Now is the time for us all to pull together.