400 of­fi­cers to be sent to Lon­don for Trump visit

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

HUNDREDS of West Mid­lands Po­lice of­fi­cers are to be sent to Lon­don for Don­ald Trump’s visit.

Four hun­dred of­fi­cers will help main­tain law and or­der in the cap­i­tal as pro­test­ers greet Mr Trump.

And that cre­ates a ma­jor headache for West Mid­lands Po­lice, which is al­ready strug­gling to cope with cuts to po­lice num­bers.

The force will have to ask of­fi­cers to work over­time, ei­ther be­cause they are sent to Lon­don or be­cause they are cov­er­ing for ab­sent col­leagues here in the West Mid­lands.

Of­fi­cers will then be owed days off in the fu­ture, cre­at­ing a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare for po­lice chiefs. A to­tal of 1,000 “rest days” are ex­pected.

MP Jack Dromey said West Mid­lands Po­lice were be­ing asked to send of­fi­cers to Lon­don when they are needed here.

Mr Dromey (Lab Erd­ing­ton) said: “Don­ald Trump is an un­wel­come vis­i­tor to Bri­tain.

“At least he’s not com­ing to Birm­ing­ham.

“But Birm­ing­ham and the West Mid­lands will have to send down south 400 po­lice of­fi­cers to guard him, just when the pub­lic here in our re­gion need those po­lice of­fi­cers to en­sure their safety and se­cu­rity.”

Mr Trump is ex­pected to fly into the UK on Thurs­day, July 12.

Dur­ing his three-day trip, he will meet with Theresa May at Che­quers and the Queen at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

A ma­jor “Stop Trump” protest is to take place in cen­tral Lon­don on Fri­day, July 13.

Pro­test­ers will march down Ox­ford Cir­cus and down Re­gent Street be­fore hold­ing a rally in Trafal­gar Square from 5pm to 7pm.

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