8th Apr, 2020

Hotels can help keep police officers safe during coronavirus pandemic, commissioner says

John Carlon 26th Mar, 2020

WEST Midlands hotels can help accommodate police officers as emergency services battle the coronavirus pandemic, the region’s police chief has said.

Though the hotel trade is stricken by the coronavirus lockdown, police and crime commissioner David Jamieson hopes the empty hotel rooms could help officers keep communities and their loved ones safe.

The West Midlands PCC said: “At this difficult time, when public services including the police are facing unprecedented challenges, we are calling for the support of the public to help where they can.

“Calling on those with accommodation which could host police officers is not an easy one, but is a vital one to ensure that they can keep doing their job in keeping us safe.

“This would be a safe space for officers who may not be able to be in their family home for a number of reasons including living with vulnerable people, or those with underlying health conditions. They need to reduce the chance of needing to self-isolate to be able to continue to keep the people of the West Midlands safe.

“Exceptions have been made in this instance and I would urge anyone who has accommodation which they maybe able to spare for officers to get in touch with the volunteers team at West Midlands Police.”

Hoteliers keen to help can call the PCC office on 0121 626 6060 or find WMP Volunteers on Twitter @volunteersWMP

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