Metropolitan Police bosses said they may have to cut recruitment of officers to fight violent crime after being told by ministers they would have to foot a multimillion-pound bill for policing the XR protests and other events.
In a letter to the Home Office, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who has responsibility for the force, said it was “unacceptable” and “deeply concerning” to expect the Met to pay the £31 million bill for such exceptional events when he said officials had previously indicated they would meet the cost.
He told Kit Malthouse, the policing minister, that refusal to fund the bill through a special grant could have a knock-on effect that “risks reducing the money available for officers”.
This isn’t the police saying anything. It’s a politician at one level of the system demanding more money from the next level above him. As all politicians always will demand.