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Police and Crime Commissioner offers reassurance to Wiltshire's police officers

Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner says he’s committed to making sure policing in the county’s not affected by the costs of dealing with the recent Novichok incidents.

Angus MacPherson’s reaffirmed his commitment to making sure officers have the support they need, after a testing few months investigating the poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury.

He’s expecting the costs of the operation, which are expected to reach £10 million, to be met centrally by the Government.

Wiltshire Police had to request mutual aid support from police forces across the country in order to meet the extraordinary demand placed on the force after the two major incidents were declared in the space of four months.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson said:

“For our Force to find itself at the centre of two major incidents in such a short space of time is somewhat unimaginable and we have endured significant costs because of the scale of the investigation.

"I am grateful that the Government has already pledged £4.1million pounds towards the costs incurred by Wiltshire Police during the investigation into the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

"I am in frequent contact with them, and those conversations will remain an absolute priority for me, to ensure that policing in Wiltshire and Swindon is not affected by the financial implications of these high profile and complex major incidents.

“I fully expect all costs associated with these unparalleled incidents to be met by the government.”

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:

“I am grateful to the Commissioner for his ongoing support to my officers, staff and volunteers and those from other forces who have come forward to help us during these two major incidents.

“Our mutual aid arrangements mean that other frontline policing duties have remained unaffected in Wiltshire despite us dealing with two internationally significant incidents in just four months.

“I am assured that the Commissioner will continue his dialogue with the Government to ensure that Wiltshire Police and the communities we serve are unaffected by these growing costs.”

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