On a post put up on the police social media account, the chief said ‘This is not about being heroes, but is about being sensible, selfless and considerate of everyone.'
This comes, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a lockdown on Monday, which will allow people to leave their house for necessary travel such as grocery shopping, medical reasons or helping a vulnerable person. The PM warned, if people fail to comply by these measures, the police will be forced to take action. They could even be fined.
Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “By adhering to the measures put in place by the Prime Minister - staying at home, not congregating in crowds and only going out for essentials - we can work together to protect everyone, in particular the most vulnerable in our community, from this deadly virus.
“We have seen over recent days the public of Cambridgeshire adhering to these restrictions, and we are extremely grateful for the cooperation and help that people have shown to the Constabulary. We will continue to do our very best to keep you safe but we cannot do it without your assistance.
“We enjoy a great relationship with our communities and of course we wish to build on this during these difficult times. Nationally we are working with the government to understand how, should we need to, enforce these new restrictions, however enforcement has to be the last resort. We will do everything possible to advise people on the guidelines and why they are so important to keeping us all safe.
“I want to give my reassurance that we are well equipped to deal with this, but we need your help and support in managing this too. We are working alongside a large number of our partners as you would rightly expect, and it is really pleasing to see the offers of help and assistance that people have been giving to communities, especially where people are feeling most vulnerable. “
The neighbourhood policing capacity has been increased and officers will be kept in their communities wherever possible. He also added that the front-line support for residents throughout the crisis.
The police have urged people to use their rather than dialling 101 and only call 999 in an emergency.
The constable asked people to listen to the local officers on duty, who are leaving their own loved ones night and day to keep people safe.
He asked people to support the police by following the advice and keeping a safe distance, which in turn can help support the NHS.