People urged to #ShopKind in the run up to Christmas
People across Merseyside are being encouraged to #ShopKind in the run up to Christmas.
Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner have pledged to support the national #ShopKind campaign, which encourages shoppers to treat staff with respect.
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: "Shop workers provide a vital service to our communities - that has never been more apparent than over the last 20 months when during the pandemic they helped to keep the country running, providing essential supplies and human interaction for people who may otherwise have been isolated and struggling.
"Despite that, incidents of abuse and violence have continued to increase.
"As we approach the busiest shopping season, please remember to #ShopKind. Nobody should have to put up with abuse, threats or violence for doing their job."
Superintendent Phil Mullally said: “We know most people visiting our region’s shops, treat workers with respect, however we know there are people out there who do not. It is unacceptable that shop workers are going into work, to serve our community, in fear of being abused or even physically assaulted.
“I want to reassure shop workers and the wider community that in the run up to Christmas we are increasing patrols in busy shopping areas and continuing to work with local authorities and businesses to ensure those who commit these types of offences are taken off the streets and brought to justice.”
He added: “This coming Friday is “Black Friday” and we know our shops will be busy with people trying to nab a bargain. I’d urge everyone to think about being kind during this busy period, and I’d like to remind them that it’s these shop workers who played, and continue to play, a crucial role in our communities throughout the pandemic and that role must be valued and respected.”