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Statement - postponement of the PCC elections

Update on the Coronavirus pandemic and the PCC elections.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, said: “The situation over Coronavirus changes on a daily basis, as do the various government edicts. Last week the PCC elections, which were due to take place in May, were postponed for a year, so I shall be remaining in post until May 2021. Matthew Barber will continue as my deputy.

“Although this was unexpected, I will continue to ensure that Thames Valley Police is delivering an effective and efficient service and will continue to do this for as long as I am in this role. I have an M.Sc. in Global Security which I studied at the Royal Military College of Science. It is surprisingly relevant to what is happening today.

“My main concern at a national level is that we ensure the infrastructure of the country is not seriously damaged. At a Thames Valley level I am confident that the Chief Constable and the rest of the team are doing everything they can to support the communities we serve.

“These are unprecedented times and will be a test for all of us. There will be many things impacted by this pandemic and the force is working proactively, in line with government guidance, so that we can support the people of the Thames Valley. Our police officers and staff do a fantastic job, and I am confident they will rise to the occasion as the situation changes over the coming weeks.”