Sarah Everard: Wiltshire Police chief launches verification scheme to identify officers

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard has launched the scheme in Wiltshire in the South West

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Following the murder of Sarah Everard, Wiltshire Police have started to offer a verification process to members of the public to help them confirm that an officer is on duty.

In a statement released online the police force said all their officers will now proactively offer this verification check to anyone they engage with who appears "concerned for their safety", by placing a radio on loudspeaker and asking a member of the control room to confirm their identity and the fact they are on duty.

The check can also be requested by any concerned member of the public.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Following the murder of Sarah Everard, it is only right that my operational colleagues expect and are tolerant of those who wish to be further reassured in our interactions with them."

“I have asked all of my operational colleagues to take additional time to explain and reassure our communities who they are, what they are doing and why."

“We appreciate that the onus is on us, as a police service, to proactively offer any additional reassurance we can to the communities we serve.

“This new process is a small step but one which I feel is appropriate, proportionate and will be welcomed by those we serve. I would encourage our communities to feel confident to ask any questions they might have of any of my officers, members of staff or volunteers."

“We are here to protect and serve you and we understand that you might have questions or comments on how we work to achieving that. This new verification process is just one action we can take to try and rebuild some of the trust and confidence this horrific case has eroded and I appreciate this is just the start."