400 officers to be sent to London for Trump visit
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.