Graham Thomson, Resilience Officer
In response to COVID-19 our staff and officers are working to keep you safe. For some this has meant a change to their role, the way they work and some personal sacrifices.
As part of our new 'Diary of a key worker' series we’ll be bringing you the personal stories of people in teams and departments across the force and how they are responding to the pandemic.
"I should have been getting married in Scotland, where I’m originally from, on April 4 then going on honeymoon to Italy in May. Instead, I’m here, continuing my work as a resilience officer involved in our emergency planning.
"We started to deal with this situation in mid-January and I have been part of the CoVID co-ordination cell since then, working hard with other internal departments to try to ensure that the force can keep its people safe and deal with the consequences of this outbreak. It has been and continues to be a major challenge.
"I was a police officer for 23 years so I know the pressures on front line staff and I’d like to hope that I have managed to help the wider organisation. Our team worked hard to get as many safeguards in place as quickly as possible, in what is a rapidly changing situation. We tried to get Government advice out as quickly as possible, despite daily changes.
"For me, it’s meant much longer hours at work and less time to exercise……although that’s probably just a feeble excuse!
"But the biggest personal impact has been around the cancellation of the wedding which would have involved friends and family who were travelling from the USA, Europe and various parts of the UK.
"The most important thing though is their safety. It just means a bigger party when we finally get round to it.
"It’s inspiring to see the way people are pulling together at work to protect themselves, their colleagues, family, friends and the wider public.
"I’d ask the public to please stay home, follow the guidance from the Government and help to keep both us and yourselves safe."