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10,000 officers on standby to prevent Brexit unrest

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MPs and campaigners must avoid inciting bad behaviour, warns new NPCC chief.

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Date - 4th April 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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Policing has assembled the biggest ever peacetime reserve of riot-trained officers with chiefs warning campaigners and politicians to mind their language to avoid inflaming the "incredibly febrile" atmosphere around Brexit.

The 10,000 ready at 24 hours’ notice to quell disorder in England Wales and Northern Ireland – with 1,000 available in the first hour – represents a greater contingent of police manpower than deployed to reinforce local forces during the 2011 riots across England, the worst since the end of the Second World War.

Some fear regular services would be decimated if a national mobilisation was needed.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Brexit operations said: “We would easily run at that pace for the first seven days.”

But after that officers may have to work 12-hour shifts and non-core “peripheral police activity" police activity could be cut, such as training, community work and crime prevention work.

His comments came as new NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt expressed concerns over a lot of "angry talk" on social media and called on public figures to be wary of "consequences that weren't intended" when speaking on the debate over leaving the EU.

Addressing a briefing at the National Police Co-ordination Centre, he added: "This is highly emotive as an issue as we all know and clearly everyone will have their opinions.

"But I think there is a responsibility on those individuals that have a platform and have a voice, to communicate in a way that is temperate and is not in any way going to inflame people's views."

The political situation over Brexit has already seen heated protests on both sides, and a number of MPs have requested beefed-up security in the past six months.

Forces have also seen an increase in abuse aimed at politicians, admitted Commander Adrian Usher, who leads parliamentary policing. He added: “As we move towards key dates in the Brexit calendar, we have seen spikes in those numbers.”

Mr Hewitt went on: "We are in an incredibly febrile atmosphere as a result of the whole EU exit scenario.

"We know and we can see that people are expressing themselves, we're seeing a degree of protest, a degree of demonstration, there is a lot of angry talk that you can pick up if you look across social media.

"In any scenario like that where there are a range of outcomes it's incumbent on anybody in a position of responsibility, and who has a voice, to just think carefully about the way that they express their views and their opinions, so that what they're not doing is inciting behaviour or causing anybody to behave in a way that we wouldn't want them to behave."

He added: "We are in a febrile atmosphere and if you are in a position where you know you are going to be listened to, you need to think very carefully about the language that you are using so that it doesn't end up with consequences that weren't intended."

CC Hall said the police have pushed back on other authorities to make sure that officers are only used "if absolutely necessary".

This includes issues such as queuing at ports and maintaining the supply chains of food, fuel and medicine.

He said: "We've been very clear that policing support should only really be called on if absolutely necessary in dealing with the wider civil contingencies."

The Hertfordshire chief added: "Our push has been back to those sectors, those parts of government, the private sector, to say 'it's your responsibility to look at your individual supply chains and you should not be looking to police to come in to supplement and keep your supply chain running'."

Local resilience forums, which include representatives from councils and the police, have carried out training exercises to deal with shortages, and police training has included dealing with disorder including looting.

Under existing national contingency plans, every police force is expected to make a certain number of officers available to be deployed wherever they are required.

There are also specialist teams such as dog handlers, armed police and search-trained officers which can be called upon.

Currently 1,000 have received extra training so that they can be deployed to Northern Ireland if needed. The police there use armoured Land Rovers and water cannon, unlike their mainland counterparts.

So far 15 forces have placed restrictions on annual leave, and two have officially asked for mutual aid - Kent, which covers the port of Dover, and Hampshire, which covers Portsmouth.

CC Hall said special constables, volunteer police officers, could also be used if required. The military could be used and police and army chiefs have held talks about how they could be used if needed.

The number of crimes linked to Brexit, although small, has more than doubled in a fortnight, with 26 last week and 11 the week before.

About half were malicious communications, while the remainder included verbal abuse, harassment and protest activity.

One protester admitted climbing on to a station roof and causing widespread disruption to Eurostar services, while British Transport Police is looking for another who planted devices aimed at bringing trains to a halt in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire.

In general terms, levels of hate crime in England and Wales have not yet fallen back to the levels recorded before the 2016 Brexit referendum.

In 2017-18, 94,098 of these offences were recorded, a rise of 17 per cent on the previous year, thought also to be fuelled by the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

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Beaker

Thry keep 10000 officers in the emergency box?! Awesome!

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Cathedral Bobby
Just now, Beaker said:

Thry keep 10000 officers in the emergency box?! Awesome!

It's the TARDIS remember, K9s too

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skydiver

120,000 of us left, take away those on a/l and restricted so 10000 probably means having 10% of us on standby. How long will that be sustainable for given parliaments cluster F of the Brexit process and the ever changing deadlines for leaving.  Forces won't be able to keep extending a/l bans to suit parliaments whims.

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Funkywingnut

I hope they have saved some of the decreasing budget to fund 10,000 officers deploying away from their force for month and month. 

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SimonT

I think the word standby is doing some very heavy lifting right there. 

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Indiana Jones

If you pay £19.95 they get delivered before 9am

Thry keep 10000 officers in the emergency box?! Awesome!

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Cathedral Bobby
Just now, Indiana Jones said:

If you pay £19.95 they get delivered before 9am

Monday to Saturday only, no deliveries on a Sunday. And the delivery before 9am relates only to 48 hour delivery and the condition of the officer cannot be guaranteed.

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Beaker
If you pay £19.95 they get delivered before 9am
Order now, and get 2000 free Specials!

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Cathedral Bobby

Given most officers are not on the front line, if they take 10,000 response officers off the front line, then by my calculation we will still have the specials, voluntary cadets, members of Police bands, front desk clerks, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, lollipop ladies and Mable the tea lady to cover response, so panic over!

Mind you what if it was so serious that  senior officers decided to back fill. OMG having palpitations. No just panicking, we all know that would never happen. We could never consider scraping the dregs of the barrel when we know we can call on the boy scouts and the Brownies.

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Reasonable Man
Given most officers are not on the front line,

A survey last year reported the percentage of officers who were frontline ranged from 71% to 94% in the 43 forces.

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Mac7

The treasury had better hope that Diane Abbott is not in charge of calculating the overtime bill.

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Cathedral Bobby
10 hours ago, Reasonable Man said:


A survey last year reported the percentage of officers who were frontline ranged from 71% to 94% in the 43 forces.

Reasonable man you will have to change your name to Serious man 😉

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Zulu 22
13 hours ago, Reasonable Man said:


A survey last year reported the percentage of officers who were frontline ranged from 71% to 94% in the 43 forces.

Which survey was that, and just what were they classing as frontline?

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Cathedral Bobby
Just now, Zulu 22 said:

Which survey was that, and just what were they classing as frontline?

I suspect any officer who wasn't on the sick.

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