WREXHAM'S MP has called on North Wales Police to consider a ‘return to the beat’ for recently retired police officers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sarah Atherton said the emergency legislation put in place last week means the roles and powers of the police have been extended and this will inevitably put pressure on the service while they continue to maintain public safety.

She has been contacted by a number of local residents with a background in policing offering their skills and time to support the service during this national crisis.

Under her proposal, reminiscent of the wartime Home Guard depicted in the BBC comedy Dad's Army, retired officers would be brought back into the force.

The Leader:

Sarah Atherton MP

The former nurse, who last week said she would join healthcare workers in the battle against coronavirus by offering her time to the NHS where possible, has written to North Wales Police asking them to consider setting up a COVID-19 temporary policing register. This would enable willing people with recent policing experience to be retrained, re-equipped and re-engage on the frontline.

The Leader:

Police in Wrexham have been encouraging people to stay safe

She said: “Although the police service has recently recruited new officers many are in training. This will enable frontline staff numbers to be bolstered. Consideration could also be given to other measures, for example bringing probationers out of training early and reducing back-office functions. Our police officers, PCSO’s and support staff are doing a sterling job during a difficult time when we can only plan for what may be around the corner. Any extra support we can offer our police service during this time should be considered.

“We all have a responsibility to look after ourselves, family and community during this time. The UK Government advice on shielding and social distancing is clear and if we all follow the recommendations it will relieve some of the pressure on our police and other emergency service.

“During this crisis I am working closely with the Welsh and UK Governments to ensure we receive the correct messaging on what we are being asked to do and what services are available to help. Much of the information can be found on my website which is linked to Governmental advice.

"Please do not hesitate to get in contact me on: sarah.atherton.mp@parliament.uk and I will try to assist you to the best of my ability.”