Statement from Chief Constable Andy Rhodes:

In light of the current Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak, it is with a heavy heart that I have taken the decision to reschedule our Oscar Kilo National Police Wellbeing Service annual conference and awards and postpone any Oscar Kilo training and workshops until later in 2020.

In line with government advice around COVID-19, we had initially put in place precautionary measures and planned to carry on with business as usual. However, we could not underestimate the fact that the majority of our event attendees form a critical part of the overall UK policing response to COVID-19 and therefore have much higher priorities in force to lead their local response.

Since our decision to postpone, the Prime Minister has announced that Britain will now move into the ‘delay phase’ in a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus across the UK and so we are reassured and confident that we have made the right decision.

Over the past week, we have contacted all speakers and delegates to make them aware of the changes, and we will be issuing further details in due course with regards the re-scheduling of the events – We very much look forward to everyone being able to join us later in the year.

Having spent a significant period of time and effort preparing for our events, we are genuinely disappointed not to be able to host you at this time and I sincerely hope our guests will understand my decision, which has been made with the best interests of our people and the public. 

For the most up to date information and guidance around COVID-19, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

There is also specific advice for first responders which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders