CALL IN THE ARMY Military is ‘ready to respond’ to Britain’s knife crime crisis, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson reveals
His comments come after Met Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted she could call on the military to tackle the violence on London’s streets, with the Government being blasted for its lack of action
THE Defence Secretary is ready to send in the army to help tackle the spiralling knife crime crisis.
Gavin Williamson said the MoD “would always be ready to respond” as the Government was blasted for its lack of action.
No request has yet been made, Mr Williamson said during a question-and-answer session on Tuesday night.
He added: “I know that the home secretary is looking very closely at how he can ensure that everything is done to tackle this problem at the moment.”
Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, had said she would be willing to bring in troops to support her officers as they battle a spate of stabbings.
The knife crime epidemic has sparked a furious debate about police numbers with Ms Dick clashing with Theresa May, who previously said a rise in violent crime was not directly correlated with falling staff levels.
The number of police officers in England and Wales has dropped by more than 20,000 since 2010.
On Wednesday the head of the National Police Chiefs Council said “we just don’t have enough officers”, and called for the government to put “emergency money” into policing that forces could use to pay overtime and juggle officers between themselves to target problem areas.
Ms May should also appoint a “senior minister holding all departments and agencies to account” for the crisis, Sarah Thornton said.
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