THE assistant chief constable of North Yorkshire Police, Mike Walker, is reassuring residents in the county they are still there for them, despite the current coronavirus crisis.

He is leading the local policing response to the outbreak which includes extensive planning and monitoring to ensure we maintain policing services across the county.

He said: “North Yorkshire Police has plans in place to maintain policing services across the county and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the organisation.

“The position is reviewed daily and although the situation has been business as usual, we expect this to alter over the coming weeks. At the moment the public won’t see a difference in policing in the county other than increased hygiene practices, protective equipment if necessary and other practical measures taken to protect our workforce. However, this may change over the coming weeks and plans are in place to respond to what is a rapid and fast-moving situation.

“We continue to work with our partners in local authorities, other emergency services, national police colleagues, the Government and Public Health. Look after one another, particularly the vulnerable and remember we are here for you if you need us.”