Police officers who are on Trump duty are allegedly facing disciplinary action for tweeting photos of their poor accommodation, as chiefs say conditions will be improved.
Up to 10,000 officers have been drafted in to protect the US President from mass protests and the threat of a terror attack as he visits Britain this week.
But officers have hit out at the ‘disaster zone’ accommodation they were put up in, posting photos of camp beds in a gym hall, believed to be the Colchester barracks in Essex.
Others shared photos of groundsheets placed on the floor of a squash court where they were meant to spend the night.
Now top officials are seeking out the officers who ‘leaked’ the images and they will face ‘firm’ disciplinary action, according to reports.
Police drafted in to protect Donald Trump during his trip to London have been put up in this sports hall, with around 300 camp beds crammed in
Another picture shows mats put on the floor of a squash court for six other officers
Hampshire police federation chair John Apter said criminals had better sleeping arrangements
Following the outcry over the images, police chiefs said alternative accommodation has been sorted, although they didn’t mention where the officers were moved to.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: ‘Essex Police in its role in the national operation facilitating the US President’s visit to the UK requested a number of additional officers through the national framework.
‘We worked with local military colleagues to provide accommodation to a significant number of officers travelling from other parts of the country to support our policing requirements. Security, welfare and well-being of those officers has been paramount at all times.
‘As soon as we became aware of issues surrounding some of the accommodation actions were taken to rectify them. I apologise to the officers affected.
‘The conditions which I have been made aware of are not acceptable. Working with our military partners we have found alternative accommodation. This will address the concerns highlighted.
‘These matters will be picked up as part of our operational debrief for future learning to be captured.’
A police officer from the West Midlands shared this image of the sports hall where he is staying with scores of other officers
Photos of the spartan sleeping arrangements were shared by John Apter, Chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, which represents some of the rank and file officers brought from the south coast.
He tweeted: ‘Prisoners arrested last night will have had better accommodation than those police officers ensuring the Presidential visit runs smoothly.
‘Police chiefs who talk well-being of their people need to take a long hard look at this. This is not acceptable.’
It is said around 300 officers are staying in the gym, with some complaining of freezing cold showers.
One twitter account said to that of an officer from Manchester said police couldn’t charge their phones and were still sorting beds late into the evening.
The National Police Chiefs Council said: ‘Some of the accommodation pictured today for officers supporting the major operation for the US Presidential visit is not acceptable and below the standard of other accommodation for this operation. Essex Police is working at speed to resolve the issues for the affected officers.’
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: ‘The conditions some West Midlands Police officers are being forced to endure is an absolute disgrace.
‘No officer should be made to sleep on a camp bed, inches from the floor, in a sports hall with scores of colleagues only metres apart after a 12 hour shift.
‘Some female officers are even having to sleep in squash courts.
‘These officers are in the South East to keep the President of the United States safe. They aren’t asking for luxury accommodation, but the least we can do is put them up in a room with a proper bed.’
Police officers expressed their anger over the conditions in the gym last night
Not all of the officers brought in were unhappy with their accomodation
Responding to the pictures, another policeman said: ‘Absolute disgrace! The first picture looks like we’ve been displaced after a natural disaster, and the second! Sleeping on a gym floor! The organisers should hang their heads in shame, once they get out of their nice comfy beds!’
It comes after chief constables around the UK cancelled rest days and told officers to prepare for being shipped hundreds of miles from home, under what has been codenamed Operation Manifold.
Nearly every force in England and Wales has contributed officers to help with the massive mobilisation, the biggest since the 2011 riots.
It is understood that other police officers being put up in places where the president is staying have been given hotel rooms, although the quality of accommodation is not the same for all.
Hundreds of riot vans full of PCs will take to the streets today, tomorrow and to stop planned rallies and marches turning violent – particularly when they clash with supporters of the controversial US president.
President Trump flies in this lunchtime and will meet staff at the US ambassador’s residence in London before a business dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Security barriers have been put up around the US ambassador’s house in central London
The President will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle tomorrow before heading off to Scotland for a weekend of golf.
Ahead of Trump arrival today, the presidential motorcade arrived at Prestwick Airport in South Ayshire.
Two enormous US Air Force Boeing C17 Globemaster aircraft were spotted on the tarmac before several black Secret Service 4x4s took to the road with a police escort.
Security barriers have been thrown up around the US Ambassador’s residence while security teams in special Osprey aircraft have been seen practicing security procedures in the skies over London.