My response to Covid-19
November 3rd, 2020
Working together to help keep people safe
As your Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, I continue to support the Chief Constable to ensure that he has all the resources he needs to effectively deal with the impact of the Coronavirus health crisis over the coming weeks.
Equally, I fully understand that as Acting Commissioner I also need to hold the Chief Constable to account for the Constabulary’s response during this crisis. This will include how the Constabulary are using the new policing powers: powers designed to help the police support the NHS, save lives and prevent the spread of the infection.
Making sure our county has the strongest possible response to the coronavirus pandemic remains the number one priority for all of us working in the public sector.
Both I and my team are working hard with partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support the countywide effort to keep people safe during the current Coronavirus health emergency.
For the latest advice on lockdown restrictions, visit the GOV.UK website.
Support for residents
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents and businesses can follow the latest advice and information on the pandemic, as well as which council services are affected and how you can get involved with helping your community by following Cambridgeshire County Council’s Coronavirus information pages.
A countywide community hub has been set up to support residents identified as shielding and being of the highest risk, to make sure our most vulnerable residents have access to food, medicines and other important supplies.
There are also district and city hubs providing more local support for residents across their communities.
Each of the district and city councils will have information on their websites about the local hubs including how people can get in touch and access help and support.
To contact the countywide hub, people are being asked, where possible, to do so online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coordinationhub
The countywide hub can also be contacted Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturdays 9am to 1pm on 0345 045 5219
If you are concerned about the welfare of a neighbour, advice on when to contact the police is provided the Advice for Communities document below.
For the latest national advice about how to keep you and your family safe, visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
For the latest health advice, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england.
Follow Cambridgeshire Constabulary for advice on what the police are doing: www.cambs.police.uk.
Support for victims
Support services for anyone affected by crime will remain open during this second lockdown period.
Staff in Cambridgeshire’s Victim and Witness Hub can be contacted via a freephone number 0800 781 6818 or by email: email@example.com.
This team can also provide advice and guidance to victims and witnesses whose court cases are going ahead during the lockdown period – a web page is also being kept up to date on the Cambridgeshire Victim Services website: https://www.cambsvictimservices.co.uk/response-to-covid-19.
Online advice and details of other local and national support services is available on the Victim Services website https://www.cambsvictimsservices.co.uk/
For anyone experiencing domestic abuse help you can get help and refuge. Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and Domestic Abuse Outreach Services are open.
For details call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 or visit the website: www.cambsdasv.org.uk
Cambridge Women’s Aid – Cambridge City/East Cambs/South Cambs –01223 361214, Fenland/Hunts/Peterborough – Refuge 07787 255821
If you have experienced sexual violence you can get 24/7 medical support and help from The Elms, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – https://www.theelmssarc.org/ or call 01480 425003.
The Countywide Support Service for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence – which is made up of Cambridge Rape Crisis and Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group is providing virtual practical and emotional support through their email and helpline service and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) you can find out more from their website: https://caprcp.org.uk/
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) are warning people to be vigilant against scammers who are taking advantage of Covid-19. As Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the world, various reports have emerged about fraudsters seizing the opportunity to defraud.
Follow the latest advice about how to keep yourself and your family members safe during the current emergency by following the Commissioner’s Twitter account @PCCCambs or by visiting the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough against Scams Partnership website at https://cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/capasp/.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 provides that Ray Bisby will remain in the post of Acting Police and Crime Commissioner until the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections now scheduled for May 2021.
If you wish to contact the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.