In an unexpected address, the Prime Minister lavishes praise on the police.
In an unexpected message to police officers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised them for rising to the “enormous challenge” of dealing with the pandemic.
Boris Johnson’s recorded message was played to participants at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference on Wednesday.
More than 120,000 officers, ranging in rank from constable to chief inspector, are represented by the organization.
Mr Johnson thanked “our wonderful police men and women for the effort that you’ve done to keep people safe throughout this horrible pandemic” in his statement.
“At the same time as combatting crime, you’ve urged people to follow the rules, and you’ve each met an incredible challenge,” he continued.
“Just as I could never have envisioned being obliged to close pubs, bars, and restaurants or tell people how many homes they could gather together as Prime Minister, I’m sure policing limitations in that way was not something you ever dreamed you’d be doing,” Mr Johnson added.
“However, you did it because you believed it was the only way to keep the NHS safe and preserve lives.”
“You have demonstrated why British police are the greatest in the world over the last year, and now we are going to make sure you have the tools you need to deal with criminals, keep our streets safer, and get on with the job you joined up to do,” he added.
“I wish you the best of luck with the Police Federation meeting in 2021.”
Priti Patel, who faced concerns on officer immunizations, pay, and social media at the conference, commended officers as well.
“Thank you for still being there for us throughout one of the toughest times in our country’s history,” she stated on behalf of the entire country.
“You’ve done a fantastic job, and you’ve done it bravely.”