Posted on Thursday 1 April 2021
A message from Superintendent Steve Long as we head towards the bank holiday weekend…
The past year has undoubtedly been extremely tough for everyone, with significant sacrifices being made by us all to help keep each other safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
After living with restrictions for over a year, we appreciate people want to be out enjoying the warmer weather now that we have been given a little more freedom.
Our plea to you is to do so safely and sensibly – you have come so far, don’t blow it now.
On Tuesday, we experienced our busiest day in recent years, with 338 emergency 999 calls and 1,013 non-emergency 101 calls made to our control room – an increase of 74% in 999 calls, and 29% increase in 101 calls compared to the previous Tuesday.
We also arrested 48 people, many for offences such as being drunk and disorderly and assaults.
Our officers are working tirelessly to keep you and your families safe. To ensure we can continue to support those who need us most as quickly as possible, we need your help.
Please, be sensible, responsible and look after each other. Remember, we are only partly out of lockdown measures.
As the bank holiday weekend approaches, we would urge people to only call us in an emergency.
If your call is not an emergency, you can report it online on our 101 Live Chat on our website, https://www.durham.police.uk/.../101.../101-Live-Chat.aspx
Likewise, Covid breaches can also be reported online at https://www.police.uk/.../tell-us-about-a-possible.../