Police from Norfolk and Suffolk could have to head to London to keep peace during Donald Trump visit
PUBLISHED: 11:29 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 26 June 2018
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Police officers in Norfolk and Suffolk could have to cancel rest days and head to London during the controversial visit of United States president Donald Trump to the UK.
Police plans for next month’s visit of the president are still being finalised, but national police chiefs have already signalled they could need to call on this region to provide officers.
National newspapers have reported that as many as 10,000 police officers will be part of the plans - named Operation Manifold - to protect the president and deal with predicted protests.
As the plans are still being finalised, the National Police Chiefs’ Council said it was not yet possible to say exactly how many officers would be needed from Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.
But a spokeswoman said: “Police services across the country are currently planning for a possible visit by US President Donald Trump to the UK in July.
“As with any large scale police operation there is likely to be a requirement for forces to support each other by providing officers on mutual aid to deliver the operations.
“With all operations of this nature, it is possible that some rest days and annual leave will be cancelled.
“All mutual aid is coordinated by the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC), and Police Regulations and Terms and Conditions set out what officers are entitled to receive when working away from their home force on such operations.”
Norfolk Constabulary did not want to add to that statement.
President Trump is set to fly into the UK on Thursday, July 12 for a three day visit. He is expected to visit the US Ambassador in Regent’s Park.
The next day, he is due to hold talks with prime minister Theresa May at Chequers, before meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.
On the final day of his visit, he is likely to head for the golf course - Turnberry - which he owns in Scotland, before he jets back to the United States.
Members of the Norwich branch of Stand Up To Racism are planning to join protests in London and have organised a coach to get people to the capital.
The group is also planning a Norwich Together Against Trump demonstration at City Hall in Norwich at 5.30pm on Friday, July 13.