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Clap For Carers

For the last two weeks we have sent a small number of officers to represent the force at our hospitals to support the clap for carers - in a show of solidarity and gratitude for all the fantastic work our doctors, nurses and other key workers are carrying out.

Our officers were asked to ensure they were socially distancing while doing this, which is something they are being asked to do wherever possible at this current time.

Staff at Bedford and Luton & Dunstable Hospitals have fed back that this has been a huge lift to them and they have looked forward to hearing the sirens outside at 8pm.

However, we are acutely aware, as has also been pointed out by some of you on our social media channels, that we did not want this to turn into a bigger ‘event’ which risked attracting people to the hospitals to ‘join in’, and go against the principles of social distancing that we all need to adhere to in order to reduce the stress on the NHS.

Therefore, we will not be sending officers to the hospitals this week, but will instead join in the show of appreciation in other ways – while out on patrol in our communities. We will still share videos or pictures of our officers clapping to show the NHS we are thinking of them, and would encourage others to do likewise – clapping or cheering through windows or from your front doorsteps.

Let’s all do all we can to save lives.

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