Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has released £1 million pounds from the Constabulary’s reserves to help prepare for the impact of Coronavirus on Gloucestershire.

Following discussions between the PCC and Chief Constable Rod Hansen, the fund will be used to facilitate police activity in support of efforts to contain and manage the likely spread of the Covid-19 Virus.

Mr Surl said, ‘These reserves are held to deal with exceptional events. The circumstances in which we now find ourselves illustrate the importance of maintaining them throughout the last 10 years of austerity.  

“Covid-19 is just such an exceptional event and we are entering an unprecedented period of uncertainly. It is right, therefore, that the Chief Constable is given the resources to respond in the most effective way possible and if more funds are needed they will also be provided.’

Setting aside a budget to deal with the Coronavirus event now will also enable the PCC’s office to monitor and manage the costs associated with the outbreak.

It will also help with planning for the future and potentially to recover some of the costs from the Government at a future date.