Stop the politics and give us funds says Federation
Stop the political point scoring and give the Met Police the proper resources they need to tackle the violence on the capital’s streets.
That’s what Met Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh told Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio as more violence erupted in London over the weekend.
Met officers were hurt when protests calling for right wing activist Tommy Robinson to be freed descended into scuffles around Trafalgar Square on Saturday.
“These mindless thugs have injured our colleagues while protecting the public,” said Ken.
“The bravery and courage of our Metropolitan Police colleagues once again shone through and we are supporting them at this time. We must Protect The Protectors.”
Ken also called for more funds to be released to help officers combat the rising tide of violence.
“We need proper funding,” said Ken.
“This is an unprecedented time in policing and absolutely the reported Met budgetary reserves need to be released so we can lift the financial restraints we are facing.
“We are police officers at the end of the day, we just want to catch the baddies.”
And Ken also urged for the political games to stop ahead of a potential summit between the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
“They need to come up with some direct action, to stop the politics and agree a strategy about how we tackle the problem.
“They need to stump up and decide how they are going to protect the public,” he added.