Covid Community Support Officers take to the streets of Kirklees

We have brought in a new team of dedicated Covid Community Support Officers (CCSO) to work across the borough as part of our Covid response.

These officers will be out and about in the local communities, providing reassurance and advice to residents and working closely with essential businesses to provide support in making sure premises continue to be Covid secure.

There are currently 16 CCSOs who are actively out in the community visiting businesses. From Monday 8 March a further 14 Covid Community Support Officers will be joining the team and this will again be increased at the end of March with a further 13 being brought in.

The CCSOs are providing an approachable, visible presence in our communities to encourage Covid safe behaviour and are currently visiting around 100 business per day. The first cohort of officers have visited every place of worship in Kirklees to assist in making sure that they are able to provide a Covid safe environment for their worshipers and congregations.

Cllr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture & Greener Kirklees, said:

“The extra recruitment of officers will be significant in assisting our businesses as we move through the roadmap which the government has proposed. As we begin to see non-essential shops and the hospitality sector open once again it’s vital that we have the resources in place to support those businesses so that they can operate to the best of their ability while keeping our residents safe.

The officers who have been visiting businesses over the previous weeks have been welcomed by business owners and we are thankful for the cooperation we have seen from the majority in Kirklees.”