Police Officers crammed like sardines into overnight accommodation that resembles something from a disaster zone
Thursday 12th July | by Cop(ex) | Connect with us on Twitter |
Our Police colleagues are being treated like ‘disaster zone victims’ as they are expected to put up with accommodation that would not look out of place during times of national crises.
The conditions have been described as ‘dire’ and as being ‘worse’ than prison according to many reports which are being shared on social media.
It would also appear that zero provision has been made so that Officers can keep their phones charged – keeping in touch with family members whilst away from home is vital – as well as having to put up with NO HOT WATER as up to 300 Officers are crammed into one room.
The dire conditions mean that those having to endure them aren’t able to get any sleep before having to cope with stressful shifts which will last at least 12 hours.
Colleagues are expected to put up with these ridiculous conditions for over three nights, with many Officers stating that the conditions are starting to make them feel physically and emotionally ‘unprepared’ for the huge Policing event surrounding the US Presidents visit.
The visit is seeing the mobilisation of Police Officers in numbers which have not been seen since the riots of 2011.
Most of the Police Officers drafted in for the visit are being forced to work on their much-needed rest days, having been pulled away from their response team duties.
Rest days are a VITAL part of the rest & recuperation process that is essential for Police Officers in order for them to be able to effectively do their job – especially those Officers who have been on response teams during Englands World Cup progress.
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Female officers have shared their displeasure at having to sleep on thin roll mats which have been placed on wooden floors whilst their male colleagues have been given ‘upgrades’ to tiny camp beds.
And this in a Country that is supposed to be one of the wealthiest in the World.
What an utter disgrace it is, that our colleagues have been given such ridiculous accommodation.
John Apter, the Hants Police Federation Chairman, has tweeted saying that:
“Prisoners arrested last night will have had better accommodation than those
#police officers ensuring the Presidential visit runs smoothly.
PoliceChiefs who talk well-being of their people need to take a long hard look at this.
“This is not acceptable”.
Other Officers have been in touch with us, explaining that some of their colleagues are having to sleep outside owing to the ridiculous lack of provisions and unbearable conditions.
However, some Officers have stated that the conditions aren’t really that bad.
A tweet read: “It’s not that bad!!! Apart from the lights coming on at 345am we’ve had a fry up, free do nuts and free Starbucks!!! I’ve dealt with a lot worse!! And no domestics!”
Another Tweeter also claimed that colleagues cannot charge their phones and people were struggling to sleep in the cramped makeshift bedrooms.
In a number of tweets the anonymous ‘tweeter’ said:
“Cops can’t even charge their phones. There’s not even enough charging ports. It’s just chaos.
“We’re at 10pm passing beds through to where the women are sleeping. We should be asleep. Up at 3am
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“The deafening sound of 50 out of 300 people snoring, the odd phone going off, constant creaking of these stretcher beds and then.. ….. someone farts have to try and see the funny side.
“After one hours sleep, a freezing cold shower and having to get dressed in the dark with no light there are serious issues with health and safety arising in my accomodation.
“People are saying they feel unwell. Myself included.”
Emma Carter, Beds Police DS Federation General Secretary & Treasurer, tweeted:
“To @BedOfficers officers deployed on Op Manifold – Please forward me or @BedsPolFed photos of your accommodation.
“Either DM us or email us via the Fed office. The National Federation have taken the lead on this regarding your dreadful accommodation.”
The dire accommodation does make you wonder as to who thought that the current conditions would be suitable for the amount of Officers being squeezed into buildings which are clearly not appropriate for three days of ‘camping’.
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