'Military is not what policing has asked for'
PFEW National Chair responds to Prime Minister’s announcement
National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said: “More funding for policing this pandemic is much needed.
“The service needs all the help it can get, as financial pressures on Forces are increasing day-by-day - but today’s announcement lacked any detail. We will wait for that before we celebrate too much.
“Since the start of this pandemic police and military have been working together on logistics. This has and continues to work well; but the announcement from the Prime Minister has been seized by some as a suggestion that the military will be on streets helping the police to enforce Covid regulations. This is not what policing has asked for and not what it needs.
“This is an ever-changing situation and police officers will continue to do an incredible job at adapting quickly.
“The vast majority of the public complied with the restrictions placed on them. These restrictions affect us all, but this is about keeping each other as safe as possible. I would hope the public will carry on doing the right thing to help protect fellow citizens to minimise the spread of the virus.”