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Coronavirus – Police update – 19th March


Dear all,

Please the below from Chief Superintendent Benatar. As we are all well aware this is an ever evolving situation and the situation may change at a moment’s notice.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will do my best to answer them.

Our contact sessions and our next PLG is cancelled until further notice.

Look after yourselves and each other .

Kind regards



We recognise that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is of great concern to everyone throughout the country at the moment, but I just wanted to reassure you that the Met is, and will continue to, work around the clock to keep our communities safe and deliver a critical service of business under the current circumstances.


Although we are continuing to monitor the current situation, we are running a business as usual model responding to operational need and demand and are being as flexible as possible to achieve this.


Where possible we are also following the Public Health England advice and we are reviewing our position about not sending police representatives to meetings or panels in order to avoid gatherings where there may be an increase in the spread of the virus. We ask that you continue to contact us via email or phone. I would also advise keeping an eye on the local Twitter channels and @MetpoliceUK.


We do think it is vital to maintain channels of communication between the police and community. We would be particularly keen to hear if you or your residents have any direct concerns about community tensions. Your Neighbourhood team can be contacted in the normal means (via telephone, email, or via the met website:, ‘what’s happening in my area’, type in your postcode, and then scroll down to ‘contact my team). Alternatively you can call 101 or, in an emergency, 999 and you can also report crime and anti-social behaviour online via the website.


You may have seen the latest statement by Commissioner Cressida Dick in the Evening Standard on Tuesday (also available here: that discusses how our brave officers will continue to deliver the top tier service many of us are used to and expect. Londoners have seen us respond to all kinds of major incidents in recent years and we will always be there for them.


I have no doubt that the coming weeks and months will provide many challenges for all of us, however it is more important than ever that we continue to work closely with each other and support each other during this period.


We are working closely with the respective local authorities for Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth  and are keeping the situation under current review.


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