Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has expressed his concern as the Home Office and Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the force are committing 250 officers to help with the weekend visit of Donald Trump to the UK.
Greater Manchester Police are sending 250 officers to help with increased security and to deal with the large protests expected across the capital ahead of the visit of the US President.
It has been reported that the National Police Coordination Centre had requested over 400 officers from Greater Manchester, however that request was purportedly rejected from the force.
It is understood that 4,000 officers from other forces in the UK will be mobilised to support Met Police colleagues in areas Trump is visiting.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Given that communities across Greater Manchester have lost over 2,000 officers due to Government cuts since 2010 and with the 101 emergency line in chaos, I’m really concerned of the capacity of Greater Manchester Police to cover the whole conurbation over the weekend.
“With England playing at the World Cup again on Saturday, as well as the hot summer weather and further Trump protests in Greater Manchester itself the police are already over-stretched.
“The Government should have had a better plan in place ahead of this visit.”