Published 22 April 2020

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Matthew Scott has spoken to the Chief Constable of Kent Police about the important role pharmacists are playing in the fight against Covid-19.
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association contacted Police and Crime Commissioners, including Mr Scott, calling upon them to support a campaign to prevent violence in community pharmacies.
Mr Scott raised the matter with the Chief Constable at one of his regular holding to account meetings earlier this month. These are taking place regularly but remotely while the PCC and his staff observe social distancing.
Afterwards, Mr Scott said:

‘I take the issue of violence in any workplace extremely seriously and was a supporter of the need for improved legislation to protect those who protect and serve the community. I condemn anyone who, especially at this difficult time, chooses to attack key workers. I have been reassured by the force that it will always ensure that where appropriate, legislation is used to prosecute offenders.
‘In addition, I am aware that police patrols are visiting pharmacies to offer reassurance to both the public and the staff.’