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Chief Constable "Disappointed" By PM's West Yorkshire Speech

Boris Johnson spoke about a number of issues in front of a "backdrop" of West Yorkshire Police officers.

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has said he’s “disappointed” in a speech made by Boris Johnson in the region which used officers as a backdrop.

In a statement, John Robins said “I repeat that I am pleased that we were chosen as the focal point of the national recruitment campaign launch, but the good news of extra officers was overshadowed by the media coverage of other events.

“It was the understanding of West Yorkshire Police that any involvement of our officers was solely about police officer recruitment. We had no prior knowledge that the speech would be broadened to other issues until it was delivered.

Minutes before the speech, we were told that the NPAS visit and subsequent brief to a small media pool had been cancelled.  I was therefore disappointed to see my police officers as a backdrop to the part of the speech that was not related to recruitment.”

“I am proud of the resilience and professionalism of every single one of our student officers yesterday.  With the recruitment of additional officers alongside them over the next few years, we will hopefully be in a better position to now deliver the service that the public deserve and expect.”

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, also released a statement, saying: "There is no way police officers and staff, who clearly thought it would be all about police recruitment announcements, should have formed a backdrop to a speech of that nature."

Downing Street says the address allowed the PM to meet people who've "committed their lives to keeping us safe".

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