16 April 2020
We want to help the NHS and we will do everything we can to do that, says Deputy Secretary Joe Lloyd tells Radio Leicestershire
“We’re the police, we’re out there 24/7 everyday anyway. We want to help the NHS and we will do everything we can to do that.”
Leicestershire Police Federation Deputy Secretary and Wellbeing Lead Joe Lloyd told BBC Radio Leicester this morning “I work in Rutland in Oakham and we’ve had a really good response from our local public as I know many of my colleagues have across Leicestershire.
“It’s been interesting. Our day to day business carries on, as well as everything else we have with Covid-19
“We’ve got a really clear strategy within Leicestershire police to engage with the public and encourage those who shouldn’t be out to go home.
“We’re educating people around the dangers of being out and actually to support our NHS to go home.
“And as a last resort, we know we’ve got it, but we don’t like using it, we’ve got that enforcement capability with fixed penalty notices.
“But morale amongst officers is really good. We’re the police, we’re out there 24/7 everyday anyway. We want to help the NHS and we will do everything we can to do that.
“I’m a Federation representative and speaking to officers on the frontline, they’re positive, they want to do their best. Officers are going to hospitals at 8pm to support our NHS staff. Morale is high.
“It’s humbling to be clapped every week, but It’s those who are staying in that are doing a really great job.
“Our officers are going to local hospitals at 8pm every week to show their support to our NHS staff. And to clap for all key workers, from those who deliver mail and food, along with our amazing NHS of course.
“Tonight I will be out clapping with everyone else.”