Date: Monday 4 May 2020
Author: Sally Benatar, South West Borough Commander
I hope you are all well. I am writing to provide an update about policing across the South West BCU, in the context of the challenge provided by COVID19.
I am glad to report that the number of officers affected by COVID19, either directly or indirectly, continues to fall. Whilst we had extensive plans to prioritise our services if significant numbers of officers became unwell, we have not had to implement them. We continue to provide a full range of police services, as well as using the Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce approach to support the new COVID legislation.
We also remain highly focused on how we can best keep the people of South West London safe. This is particularly true in relation to domestic violence. We continue to urge victims of domestic abuse, and people who suspect that friends and family members might be suffering at the hands of an abusive partner while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, to speak out. Across London, the Met is continuing to prioritise and respond to domestic abuse calls and we are working closely with a range of partners to ensure victims receive the support and service they need. The ongoing focus remains on preventing repeat victimisation and closely managing serious offenders.
The Met is also supporting the Home Office’s #YouAreNotAlone campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the support available. Below are some helpline numbers. Please do share these widely:
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar
South West BCU Commander
Updated: 4 June 2020