As many as 10،000 police officers will be on hand to protect Donald Trump from mass protests and a possible terror attack when he makes his visit to Britain next month، Metro news website reported.
Hundreds of van filled with frontline officers are set to be drafted in to stop any planned protests turning violent when the controversial POTUS makes his highly anticipated visit to the UK. Special elite armed officers and counter-terror ‘robocops’ who train alongside the SAS will also be on standby in case of attack، according to the Mail on Sunday.
Police chiefs have told officers to prepare to be sent across the country to help out in areas where the president is due to visit as part of Operation Manifold، which has been dubbed ‘Operation Protect Trump’.
Though many people would be glad to see the security provisions being put into place، some are worried the operation will leave the rest of the country without adequate security – especially in London which has seen 77 suspected murders alone this year. Kevin Hurley، a former public order chief in City of London Police، told the paper: ‘It will be a significant drain on visible policing – it’s going to strip out resources from surrounding forces and it will be the youngest and fittest who are drawn off.
‘Whenever the US president visits there is a huge security requirement just because of the threat from terrorism، but because of his current profile it’s likely to increase opposition and there will be a significant requirement to maintain public order.’
President Trump is due to arrive in the UK by plane on Thursday، July 12، and is expected to be arriving at Stansted Airport. Rather than the full pomp and ceremony of a State visit though، he will largely be kept away from central London where large protests are expected to gather. When he arrives، he will reportedly be flown in his Marine One helicopter to the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park before having dinner at Blenheim Palace.
The next day، he is expected to hold talks with Theresa May at the Prime Minister’s country retreat، Chequers، before meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle. On his last day، the President is expected to visit his Turnberry golf course in Scotland before heading home. Trump is also set to bring his own ranks of Secret Service agents as well as a fleet of bomb-proof Cadillacs – known as The Beasts – in which his entourage will travel.
According to some sources، as many as 200 Police Support Units، made up of an inspector، three sergeants and about 20 public order-trained PCs in three riot vans – will be on standby throughout the trip. As well as this، hundreds of authorised firearms officers will be on duty.