By Superintendent Michael Loebenberg - 1st April 2020 7:39pm
I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives and I thank the vast majority of people in Aylesbury Vale who are following the requirements.
You will be aware that the police were given new powers to help reinforce these measures. Our approach here is to engage with the public, explain what is required, encourage compliance and only if necessary will we then enforce using the powers available to us.
Here in Aylesbury Vale we continue to protect our communities, with a real focus on preventing harm in particular to the vulnerable and bringing offenders to justice. This week already we have executed two drugs warrants, arrested seven people for drugs supply, two of whom have already been charged and remanded in custody and made significant seizures of property and money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
We have arrested someone today who is being recalled to prison for breaching his licence, and arrested an individual as part of our continued focus on domestic violence. Our officers and staff are here for Aylesbury Vale and I thank them for their dedication to duty and professionalism.
This current climate offers up a lot of uncertainty which can make people feel anxious, unsettled and fearful but I want to reassure you that my team and I are still policing your communities, we continue to respond to emergencies as well as taking forward criminal investigations to protect the public from harm, and we will support the Government's restrictions as I have described.
I want to say a huge thank you to our communities for the support you have shown me, our officers and staff, and our key partners across the local authority and NHS. By continuing to stay home, you can protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you again for your co-operation during these challenging times.
You can view the video message from Supt Loebenberg on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TVPAylesburyVale/videos/236613634128383/
Useful information and advice:
For more information on the Government's restrictions, please visit the GOV.UK website.
You can find a number of frequently asked questions and a message from Chief Constable John Campbell on our website.
If you need to report anything to us that is not an emergency, you might experience some delays calling 101 so where possible report through the Thames Valley Police website. In an emergency always call 999.
Superintendent Michael Loebenberg
Commander for Aylesbury Vale Local Police Area