Rodney Berman, the lead Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales Central for the 2021 Senedd elections, has today written to the South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael. He has sought clarification following reports that some local police officers have recently been redeployed to London to ensure that chaos didn’t ensue there in the wake of mixed messaging about the easing of lockdown in England.
Rodney Berman said: “Reports have come to my attention that local police officers have been redeployed to London due to fears about the impact there of confused messaging on the easing of lockdown. If this is true, then I think people in South Wales would be deeply concerned that the needs of those in London are being put above their own.
“Ever since the UK Government moved from the easily understandable ‘stay at home’ message to the much more confused slogan of ‘stay alert’, there was always a fear that some people would start to get the message that lockdown was now over.
“And of course this has been further compounded by the recent furore over Dominic Cummings which has given the suggestion that the rules, in England at least, are open to a far greater level of interpretation than was ever intended.
“But if this has then meant that police officers have had to be redeployed from South Wales to the UK capital, then that is quite frankly unacceptable.
“We need to know if what has been reported to me is true, and to what extent. We also need to know what impact it has had on policing and police capacity here in South Wales.”
Rodney Berman is the lead Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales Central for the next Welsh Senedd elections. He is currently a Welsh Liberal Democrat councillor for the Penylan ward in Cardiff.