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Over 200 ex-police officers 'willing' to return to Thames Valley Force

Thames Valley Police, Chief Constable John Campbell

More than 200 former police officers from Thames Valley Police have said they are willing to return to the Force.

Thames Valley Police, Chief Constable John Campbell confirmed the news, after speaking about their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Constable John Campbell said:

"We're a little bit in the unknown as to what the issues might be over the coming weeks and months.

"Anything we can do now to plan, to support us, and deliver core policing services is important.

"We invited ex-officers, recently retired, who still have familiarity with policing and those skills, to volunteer and we've had over 200 officers engage and get in contact with us and show their willingness to come back into policing.

"My thanks to them and it is very much appreciated."

The Chief Constable went on to cover a range of issues affecting the Force today, adding that they have a sufficient amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support their officers.

"The officers out on patrol are issued with a range of PPE that's issued in-line with the Public Health England advice.

"The role of police officers is quite different to that of NHS workers, but we have the PPE that we are advised to provide."

On morale:

"Morale is very good.

"Police officers are putting themselves at risk just by the very nature of the work they are doing.

"But I have been impressed and really encouraged by the attitude of all our officers who want to be part of the collective effort to protect the public and save lives.

"They are going about their duties with enthusiasm, sometimes with good humour and certainly a lot of common sense and my thanks go to all of them for the roles they are performing."

You can here more from the Chief Constable below:

 

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