Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has assured communities it’s “business as usual” for local policing as the world’s most powerful leaders descend on Carbis Bay for the G7 Summit this weekend.
PCC Alison Hernandez said: “Policing the summit is a logistical challenge and will require considerable resourcing from all areas of the force but over 5,000 additional officers have been brought in to offer public order support and specialist skills from police forces across the UK. Well, presumably the 5,000 are normally doing other stuff, like fighting crime.
“These officers not only provide capacity and resilience to police the event but also help the Force maintain day-to-day standards of policing and services to communities.
“This is an event for all residents in Cornwall to experience and share, but most of all the public needs to feel safe and protected during such a high-profile event in their community.”
Commissioner Hernandez said that public safety and the protection of life and property remains top priority but urged the public to use the most appropriate way contact the police at what is bound to be a very busy period. Therefore, it does impact everyday policing, doesn’t it?
“Plans are in place to manage the potential for heightened demand and call handling provision is a key part of preparations for G7,” she said.
“But sometimes people are confused about what is the best way to contact the police.
“So call 999 when it’s an emergency such as when a crime is in progress, when you some you suspect of committing a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.”
Alternative ways to report non-emergency queries are:
Do you need help and advice? Not sure where to look or who to speak to? Why not AskNED – Devon and Cornwall Police’s non-emergency directory. AskNED combines the most commonly asked questions with contact details of those who can help.
In an emergency situation, always dial 999.
You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website: crimestoppers-uk.org