Hampshire Constabulary says they’re experiencing an increase in demand because of the World Cup – but the head of Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter, says there are no extra officers to combat it.
The force says they’ve seen demand surge because of a number of factors, especially the football.
They’re also expecting more calls tonight when England take on Croatia in their first Semi-Final in 28 years.
Officers say, the football, coupled with a combination of the good weather, school exams finishing and other national events, mean demand is higher than usual.
However, despite the surge in calls, head of the Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter – who’s from the Isle of Wight – issued this warning:
On Twitter, he said: “There are no extra officers”.
Now, Hampshire Constabulary has urged Islanders to only call if absolutely necessary.
Superintendent Paul Bartolomeo says:
“This is a time when we really want the public to call us only if they really need police response. So call 999 only if there’s a genuine emergency so if a crime’s in progress or life is at risk – that is the time to call the police.”