A potential increase in civil unrest, violence in Northern Ireland, the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament, the G7 and COP26 are all coming to the boil over the next few months – placing huge demand on already exhausted cops. Chairman Brian Booth said: “Colleagues working to high demand with a lack of resources is nothing new in policing. What is different is doing it under the spectre of COVID-19.
“We are policing a public who are sick and tired of restrictions, who are thirsting for social interaction and want to let off steam.
“Plans are in place to help facilitate the return to normality but there are some significant challenges ahead. We have the European Football Championships, the G7 event, COP 26 and the ‘Kill the Bill’ protests continuing.”
The level of demand could have an impact on the force’s ability to provide its usual high level of service, Brian warned. “All these events will take considerable police resourcing and will have an impact on service delivery,” he said.
“It will be great to see pubs and clubs re-open and a return to some sort of normality, but I do ask on behalf of my colleagues that we do this in a reserved, non-loutish way that minimises the risk of entering a third wave lockdown situation.”
Date posted: May 11, 2021