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Police and Crime Commissioner Elections postponed

Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, will remain in post for an additional year after elections due to take place this May were postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

On Friday the Cabinet Office announced that it was bringing forward legislation to postpone council, mayoral, and PCC elections until May 2021.

Alison said she intended to continue working with police and partners to achieve the aims of the Police and Crime Plan.

“The Covid-19 virus is a crisis which requires an immediate response to protect communities. I understand the course of action taken by the Government and will work to ensure that my office and the police force make every effort to ensure communities are kept as safe as is possible in what will be a difficult time for many,” she said.

“My office will be taking action to offer additional advice to those members of our community who might be left even more vulnerable by a period of imposed isolation. I would remind victims of crime that our Victim Care Network can provide emotional and practical help to victims of crime, whether or not those crimes have been reported to police.”

Government advice is subject to change but the latest information is available on the gov.uk website. The Victim Care Unit can be contacted on 01392 475900 from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at the weekend. Information on the support on offer is available at victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk.

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