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  1. PFOA article link Some interesting comments there. It looks higher to me than other surveys. It presumably just asked about pistols, not carbines etc. Usual slapping down type comments from MSPs, senior officers etc! "David Hamilton, chair of the Scottish Police Federation said the Norwegian model – where officers do not carry firearms but keep them routinely locked in their patrol cars in case they need them – “deserves to be considered”". Hm, don't think that is particularly useful, if you are under attack, often there is little warning in places like North America (where firearms are worn on person)> The only useful thing in a car would be if you knew you were attending that sort of incident, or were to do armed patrol etc.
  2. This is the terrifying moment an armed robber aims his shotgun out of a bedroom window at a police officer with a Taser before opening fire. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/armed-robber-gunned-down-police-shootout-a4374601.html
  3. Front-line officers in remote, rural communities could be routinely armed in order to deal with terror threats, police chiefs have said. The move is being considered by the National Police Chiefs' Council because of a lack of specialist counter-terrorist firearms officers. It comes after a drive to recruit these officers in England and Wales fell short by about 100. Police said arming officers in remote areas would be a last resort. Counter-terrorist specialist firearms officers (CTSFOs) are trained with special forces to deal with a raft of situations, including hostage rescues and terror attacks. Plans were put in place to bolster the UK's capacity for armed responses in the wake of the Paris terror attacks in 2015, in which 130 people died. Over the past two years, the Home Office has funded an extra 874 armed officers in England and Wales - bringing the total to more than 6,400 in April 2017. But on a practical level, police chiefs have estimated that in rural communities, such as Devon and Cornwall, a firearms unit could be between 30-70 miles away in the event of a major incident. Analysis By Danny Shaw, BBC News home affairs correspondent Two years ago, police warned that "unarmed and vulnerable" officers in rural communities would be "sitting ducks" in the event of a terror attack. Since then, huge investment and effort has gone into improving armed police capacity and capability, as the latest announcement shows - but gaps remain. Armed response vehicles (ARVs), which are intended to be first on the scene of a firearms incident, are an expensive asset, with 13 officers required to double-crew a vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's why police chiefs are looking at alternatives to deploying ARVs in areas where there's a low risk of a terror attack, such as allowing front-line officers to carry guns. It goes against the grain of British policing for officers to be routinely armed, but there's increasing support for it among those polled in a Federation survey and it remains firmly on the table as an option. Simon Chesterman, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for armed policing, said: "Of course there are communities within England and Wales where an attack is highly unlikely. "But ultimately, if something does happen, we have got to be able to provide an armed response." Mr Chesterman said the training and demands of being a CTSFO meant there was a high turnover rate, and some officers were put off by the level of scrutiny that police face when police open fire in the line of duty. He explained that police chiefs had conducted "many layers of the analysis... to understand where is best to place these officers". Image copyrightPA Image captionThere remains a shortfall in the number of counter-terrorist marksmen "We can't put an armed police officer on every street corner everywhere across the whole of the United Kingdom, so what we've had to do is analyse the threat." He said discussions were ongoing in a "handful" of police forces over how to improve response times - and whether some form of routine arming might be appropriate. Mr Chesterman was clear that arming rural police forces "does not need to happen at the moment". "This is not, if you like, a favoured option," he told the BBC's Danny Shaw. "But I can't rule it out at this stage, in terms of making sure that all communities get the right level of protection from armed police." Around 90% of British police officers are currently unarmed. Any decision on arming officers is a matter for the chief constable of each of the 43 local forces covering England and Wales, as well as the national British Transport Police. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44151242d
  4. Police have shot dead two pitbull-type dogs after a man and woman were bitten. Armed officers were deployed to Queen's Park in Chorley New Road, Bolton, at 10:20 GMT on Sunday after reports that six dogs were dangerously out of control. A 60-year-old woman had been bitten on the hand and a man was bitten on the leg, Greater Manchester Police said. A man, 38, was arrested on suspicion of affray and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in public. Officers are searching the area for another dog which is believed to be part of the group. Two dogs "were humanely destroyed and two dogs have been seized", police said. Another dog was seriously injured, they said. Supt Chris Allsop said: "Highly trained officers responded quickly to the scene and took control to avoid the situation from escalating." Salisbury Street and Deane Road, which were closed in the area, have now reopened. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39472005 Sorry couldn't link the video for some reason.
  5. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations 19 September 2016 Kent Image captionCanterbury Cathedral is one of the places armed police will protect Police armed with guns are to patrol routinely in Kent, in locations including Canterbury Cathedral, Dover port and the Bluewater shopping centre. The move comes following recent terrorist attacks in Europe, but is not in response to specific intelligence. The armed presence is intended as a deterrent and to allow an immediate response in an emergency, police said. The Kent force's approach has been criticised as being likely to worry people rather than reassure them. The move comes amid high national threat levels and Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon said it would enable police to react quickly if necessary. 'Get used to it' "Tragically, what we have seen in France and other areas that it's in the first hour that there is large numbers of casualties," he said. But Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, said there were better ways to police the county. "I have been to Belgium recently where there are armed police everywhere, but when you talk to Belgians they are far more scared than previously. "I would rather Kent Police had a more low-key approach. The real deterrent is always behind-the-scenes, intelligence-led policing." Image captionArmed officers will be carrying Tasers as well as firearms Mr Brandon, who has described the terror threat facing the county as "unprecedented", said officers were currently being redeployed from other tasks and the number of firearms officers would be increased over the next 12 to 18 months. "There are officers at this moment going through a very stringent selection process," he said. The British police on routine armed patrol Kent Police has not said how many armed officers it will deploy but the government announced in April there would be an extra 1,500 across England and Wales and the Metropolitan Police has said the number of armed officers will go up in London by 600 to 2,800. Kent Police Federation said the deployment was an unprecedented increase for the county. But its chairman Ian Pointon said the public were used to seeing armed officers at airports and London railway stations and would get used to this. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37404915 Image captionThe number of armed officers has yet to be confirmed
  6. David Cameron orders review into police's use of guns 20 December 2015 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images The prime minister has ordered a review into the use of guns by police in England and Wales following the Paris attacks, the BBC understands. The review will examine whether the law gives enough support to officers making a "split-second" decision to shoot. It follows concerns from senior police that firearms officers do not have the necessary legal or political backing to work with confidence. Labour has warned of possible damage to community relations with the police. Gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris when they attacked a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars almost simultaneously on 13 November. BBC political correspondent Chris Mason says the atrocity has provoked deep soul-searching within government and among the police, raising the question of how the UK would cope if something similar were to happen here. 'Reasonable force' Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is understood to have raised concerns with David Cameron about the legal position of armed officers. The issue was also discussed at a National Security Council meeting on counter-terrorism last week. There have been warnings that fears of lengthy investigations, public inquiries and even prosecutions following a shooting could deter police officers from taking up firearms roles. Currently, the Criminal Law Act 1967 allows police to use "reasonable force", while the Criminal Justice Act 2008 recognises the defence that an officer had an "honest and instinctive" belief that opening fire was reasonable. The internal review - to be carried out by the Home Office, the Attorney General's office and the Ministry of Justice - is expected to examine whether those laws go far enough to protect armed officers and prevent them hesitating in the event of an attack. Of the 130,000 officers in England and Wales, around 6,000 are trained to use guns, but the government has announced plans to significantly increase that number. A firearms officer was arrested last week over the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker, 28, in Wood Green, north London. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating the incident. When can the police use force? Officers must consider whether the use of "reasonable force" has a lawful objective and basis. Their options include: self-defence - common law (legal precedents set by courts and judges) defence of another person - common law preventing damage to property - Criminal Damage Act 1971 preventing a crime, by making an arrest or apprehension - Criminal Law Act 1967 An officer must also determine how immediate and grave a threat is, and whether any action short of using force could be deployed instead. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 says that what amounts to reasonable force should be considered in light of the circumstances a police officer is faced with - and what they honestly and instinctively believed they were faced with - at the time. Tony Long, a former specialist firearms command officer with the Met Police, was cleared of murder in July, 10 years after shooting dead suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney. "I don't think the police service are asking for any additional powers," he told the BBC. "I think they're just asking that when they're investigated they are not automatically treated as suspects, because in the eyes of the police officer, he's done what he's been trained to do." He added: "If you perceive as a result of a suspect's actions that your life or somebody's else's life is in danger, then you have to react. And you react in accordance with your training." A government source said terrorist incidents at home and abroad had shown "the life and death decisions police officers have to make in split-second circumstances". "We must make sure that when police take the ultimate decision to protect the safety of the public they do so with the full support of the law and the state - there can be no room for hesitation when lives are at risk." 'Held to account' But Jeremy Corbyn told the Sunday Times that any moves to weaken oversight of firearms use would "diminish" public confidence in the police. "There has to be a very robust and strong independent inquiry into what the police do. Like any other public organisation, they must be held to account. I hope this is not a political stunt." Following Paris, the Labour leader told the BBC he was "not happy" with police operating a shoot-to-kill policy, but later backtracked, insisting he supported any "strictly necessary force". The Met Police are also planning to increase the number of officers able to use Tasers. The prime minister is thought to be in favour of the move in light of the response to the recent stabbings at Leytonstone Underground station, in which a Taser was used. View the full article
  7. Met Police to Arm PCSOs The Metropolitan Police has announced plans to replace armed police officers with armed police community officers. The existing protection is afforded by the elite Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) who are tasked with the armed protection of embassies, high commissions and consulates. Consisting of almost entirely of authorised firearms officers, the DPG is one of the largest specialist armed unit in the United Kingdom. Police community support officers, informally referred to as "Specials" are members of civilian staff designated with a limited range of powers. They are significantly cheaper than police officers. The move comes as the Metropolitan Police looks to cut a further 5% from the budget in the 2015/2016 financial year. A police spokesperson said "There is no need for a security guarding role to be performed by fully trained police constables, who don't fully utilise their police training or powers. Using police staff represents considerable efficiency savings." www.bbc.co.uk
  8. http://touch.policeoracle.com/news/article.html?id=Chief hails professionalism of officers who saved woman's life after her ex-partner threatened to murder her A chief constable has praised firearms officers after the police watchdog said they acted "appropriately" when they shot and tasered a man who was holding his ex-partner hostage. Sir Jon Murphy (pictured), of Merseyside Police, said: "The outcome of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation demonstrates the professionalism and courage of our officers, in particular firearms officers, who never know what they are going to be faced with when they start their shift." The non-fatal incident concerned took place on May 22 last year after officers were called to a house on Shellingford Road in Dovecot to reports that a woman was being held hostage by a man who was later identified as her ex-partner Elemir Lakatos. CC Murphy said: "The report stated that the man was in an agitated state and was believed to be in possession of a gun and knife and was threatening to harm the woman. We also became aware that he had been holding two children hostage and had threatened to kill their mother in front of them." For over an hour officers tried to negotiate with Lakatos as he threatened to shoot them and held a blade to his former partner's throat. Lakatos, who was drinking from a whisky bottle throughout the incident, was also phoning a friend with updates on his intentions and he told the friend that he intended to kill his former partner and would shoot police officers. A short while later he could be seen through the front window of the house, his former partner was kneeling down and he appeared to have a gun to the back of her head and was threatening to shoot her. After the firearms commander decided there was an immediate threat to life officers used distraction devices and CS gas before storming the building, and the woman hostage was able to escape. The officer who fired the shot told IPCC investigators that he had done so in self defence after Lakatos came towards him with armed with a large knife. Another officer discharged his taser as Lakatos lay on the floor and struggled with officers who tried to secure him. Lakatos' weapons were not visible, leading to fears that he may have had them on his possession at the time. When the finally successfully restrained Lakatos they were able to confirm he had been shot in the chest and immediately provided medical assistance to him. A search of the property recovered a large knife and silicon applicator that had been wrapped in back tape to make it look like a firearm. Openness The IPCC concluded the officers' actions were "proportionate and appropriate". IPCC Commissoner James Dipple-Johnstone said: "It is clear that Merseyside Police was dealing with a rapidly changing situation involving a threat to someone's life and despite the negotiaions they eventually had no choice but to enter the house when it appeared that the threat was being acted upon." He also praised the officers and force for their "openness and cooperation" during the investigation. CC Murphy said the officer who used potentially lethal force had been left with "no option" but to do so. He added: “This was a very fluid situation which could have had a very different outcome and the victim herself thanked the police for their actions on the day and their support and guidance throughout a difficult time. "Judge Clement Goldstone, who sentenced Lakatos to eight years, said the officers ‘deserved considerable commendation for the caution which they exhibited. When they shot him it was the last resort and not to kill’." Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "I completely endorse the comments made by the Chief Constable, Sir Jon Murphy, and I applaud the officers involved, whose actions on the day ensured a safe outcome for the victim."
  9. If you opened The Telegraph or The Times on 7 February, or the Daily Mail andIndependent on 8 Feb, you may have felt a fleeting sense of déjà-vu. For no apparent reason an article from last year about 'routine' armed police attending non firearms related incidents, has been regurgitated in the Times by journalist Fiona Hamilton and Camilla Turner in the Telegraph. They have such startling similarities; you'd hope they didn't sit next to each other during their university exams. Anyway we say regurgitated because if you actually know your stuff, there's no real reason for this 'old story' to have popped up again in The Times/Telegraph via Fiona and Camilla, unless it's a stock police story of course, for a slow news day, editorial direction or just lazy reporting. This debate was initiated in Scotland last August and overseen by the SPA and it culminated in October 2014 with HMICS publishing a 'Review of Standing Firearms Authority for Armed Response Crews within Scotland'. As was with the Scottish legacy forces 'Standing Authorities' are reviewed regularly by English and Welsh forces under their FSTRA- Firearms Strategic Threat and Risk Assessments. They take into account the various threats and risks, as you'd expect from the title, plus a whole raft of operational reasons as to why it's reasonable for police officers with car keys to a mobile armoury, to actually have their sidearm's handy, instead of locked away in a steel box inside the aforementioned mobile armoury. The Times and Telegraph both spookily comment on the 'Americanisation' of our traditional way of policing, and I'm sorry, but that's just plain daft. In perspective there are a mere handful of armed response crews out and about on patrol in the UK, and this bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to any US policing model. The population of England and Wales is nearly 58million and we've got just over 3000 armed officers, of which only fraction are actually out on patrol on any given shift crewing ARV's going to routine calls. Last summer in Scotland where the debate began, some politicians and a newspaper took to conflating the issue that a fraction of their 275 armed officers were supporting 'routine' policing. It was conflated by a frankly ridiculous line that there were 'growing concerns' that these were 'ordinary' police and were becoming routinely armed by stealth without public knowledge, consultation or consent. This shocking revelation was supported by various photos of armed officers in public, assisting unarmed colleagues with 'routine' policing. Thankfully this was rebutted by Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill who had astutely realised that the whole issue was a political football being capitalised upon and manipulated by some for their own ends. A pragmatic and 'defiant' response by Scotland's' Chief Constable Steve House tried to help common sense prevail. However in a hollow victory for the detractors and hysterics the review of the 'Standing Authority' did indeed bring in some changes, and bizarrely enough as far as public safety is concerned the amendments are for the worse. The review, as you might expect for common sense reasons, allowed the armed officers to actually go out on patrol instead of making them sit at the police station waiting for a call out. However the hollowness of the victory is that although those same police officers are 'allowed' out they're restricted to attending only at 'life or death' calls and where their firearms are required. The reality of this is that Scotland is rather a big place, so now picture yourself awakened at 3am by the noise of intruders downstairs, pick up the phone and dial 999 - if you live in a rural area especially you'd be forgiven for feeling rather vulnerable, but don't worry the police are on their way, unfortunately they're about 25 miles away but will try and get there as fast as they can. Coincidentally the Armed Response Vehicle for your area, is a lot closer and double crewed in a high performance car, but unfortunately now they not allowed come to your aid because your burglary is not a life or death firearms incident - cue the slow handclap for the Scottish politicians. Anyway the next day (if you're okay) you can write to your MSP and thank them for being concerned (on your behalf) that 'attending routine incidents has a negative impact on community relations and safety'. Meanwhile in England and Wales you will continue to see ARV crews at routine incidents, whether they're first on the scene at a serious traffic collision or the first cops through the door when you're being punched into unconsciousness by a violent partner. Armed Police attending to calls simply as police officers isn't recorded because it's irrelevant; it's not a firearms deployment so it measures nothing. (It won't show in a FOI request) In fact you'll see it a lot more now because there are 17,000 less police officers available to go to those 'routine calls' and armed officers are mucking in just to help make things work, and that's the real cause for concern in this whole silly contrived story. Something that never seems to get mentioned in the media, is that the notice boards in Firearms Units up and down the country humbly displaying hundreds of letters of thanks and cards from victims and families - and guess what, they have absolutely nothing to do with those officers being armed. ARV crews have advanced life saving equipment and pre-hospital trauma skills which enable them to treat serious injuries and gunshot wounds, and those letters and cards are from families whose loved ones have been treated, and on many occasions saved by ARV officers. When police officers are desperately attempting resuscitation at a collapse in the high street, absolutely no one notices or even cares that that they're wearing sidearms. So if you're worried about 'Americanisation' or anxious that at your time of need, it might be an ARV coming to your aid - get writing to the Times, Telegraph and others or your MP, oh and don't forget next time you're stood at the check-in desk and you see the airport police strolling through the Terminal chatting, try to control your hysteria in case you fall over in your flip flops. The 4Policing Team have former Strategic and Tactical Firearms Commanders and Tactical Advisors on hand, so instead of making up sources, quotes or using old ones from other articles we'd be happy to assist the media with questions and our expertise. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mike-pannett/armed-police_b_6644144.html?utm_hp_ref=tw Follow Mike Pannett on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikepannett
  10. Every frontline uniformed police officer should be offered a Taser stun gun to fight off possible murder attempts by terrorists, says the leader of the body representing rank and file officers. Steve White, who chairs the Police Federation, said the availability of Tasers needed to be expanded because of evidence of terrorists’ plans to kill officers, who are traditionally unarmed. In an interview with the Guardian, White said: “The terrorist ideal to get attention no longer relies on an attack being in a place of note. It could be in Cheam high street, in any town, in any part of the UK. We know there are more dangerous people out there, preparing to attack police officers and we need to be able to respond to that threat.” Tasers use an electric current of up to 50,000 volts to incapacitate people and critics say the weapon is too often lethal. It has been linked to at least 10 deaths in England and Wales over the past decade. In 2013, the factory worker Jordan Lee Begley, 23, died two hours after a Greater Manchester officer targeted him with a stun gun at his home after police were called to reports of an argument. Police Federation leaders will vote next month on a proposal that every uniformed frontline officer should be offered training in the use of Tasers. Some may choose not to carry one. A fortnight ago, the terrorist threat level for police was raised to severe. Since then, police chiefs and representatives of Britain’s 127,000 rank and file officers have been considering how to counter that threat. White said the elevated threat of an attack on police, assessed by the intelligence services as being highly likely, meant that every officer was a potential target. “Talking to them with a cup of tea and a biscuit is not going to work,” he said. If the federation decides to formally call for an expansion in Taser availability, that would present a dilemma for police chiefs. If they or the government opposed such a move and an officer was then attacked, it would damage the already fragile confidence officers have in their professional and political leadership. Some senior officers are believed to support the idea in theory, but one police leader said chief constables would be mostly opposed. The police chief, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the issues involved, told the Guardian that the plans risked jeopardising public confidence and changing the face of British policing. “The idea of arming every police officer with a Taser is alien to 200 years of police culture. It is a stepping stone to arming the police; something strapped to your hip that looks like a firearm is a huge shift in what we stand for.” Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International UK’s arms programme director, queried whether there was evidence that such a move would be worthwhile. “We’d ask the question: where’s the evidence that a terrorist will be deterred by the knowledge that police officers have Tasers at their disposal?” he said. “And who on earth thinks that if there’s a real instance of terrorist activity that Tasers would ever actually be sufficient for our law enforcement officers? “We’ve always said that Tasers can have a part to play in policing operations where there’s a clear risk of death or serious injury to police officers or members of the public – but Tasers should be used sparingly and only by highly trained officers.” The threat level for police was raised by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre based within MI5 after the terrorist attacks in Paris in which three police officers were killed, followed the next week by the thwarting of a plot in Belgium where police were the target. British counter-terrorism officials believe they have uncovered plans to attack officers and Islamic State propaganda earlier this month renewed a call for followers to attack the police. Tight gun control in Britain means the biggest danger comes from a terrorist with a knife or machete, similar to the fatal May 2013 attack on a soldier outside Woolwich barracks in south London. “As [the] Lee Rigby [murder] demonstrated, you don’t need to have a gun to create terrorism,” White said. The veteran firearms officer denied the idea amounted to arming officers: “It is a defensive tool and a tactical option. We have a largely unarmed service and the service wants that to remain. “The alternative is to have an officers out there without anything at all. We have to do something. The sector threat [to police] has gone up by two levels and we need to make sure everything is done to protect officers who protect the public.” In announcing the heightened alert to police earlier this month, calling on officers to be extra vigilant and take extra precautions, the national policing lead for counter-terrorism, assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, said further measures to enhance police safety were under consideration. “Chief constables across the country are reviewing how to strengthen the protection of their officers from attacks.” At present, about 10% of officers are trained to use Tasers. The training takes two to three days and costs £1,000 per officer. View the full article
  11. Inquiry Report: http://www.spa.police.uk/assets/128635/SPAArmedPolicingScrutinyInquiryReport Public Survey: http://www.spa.police.uk/assets/128635/TNSSurveyReport
  12. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/ Scotland is ready to gun down jihadis whether they are armed with a machine gun, a car or a knife, warns top cop 27 January 2015 07:29 AM POLICE chief Sir Stephen House warns that after the bloodbath in Paris, Scotland should not let down its guard. [Armed-police-who-were-on-routine-patrol-in-Glasgow-attend-a-road-traffic-incident.jpg] Armed police who were on routine patrol in Glasgow attend a road traffic incident ARMED officers will shoot to kill if terrorists attack Scotland. Police chief Sir Stephen House says that his force is ready to gun down jihadis, whether they are armed with a machine gun, a car or a knife. “If they are faced with a man with a knife they have a range of options, all the way up to lethal,” said the head of Police Scotland. “Officers will make their own decision on the street using their good judgement. “If somebody is wielding a knife and is doing damage, or threatening to do damage to people in public, then they will be met with full force. “We hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” House is putting his force on a war footing after the recent attack on Paris left 17 dead at a magazine office and a Jewish supermarket. Watch shocking footage of Charlie Hebdo gunmen's shootout with police Shocking new footage of Charlie Hebdo gunmen's shootout with police The terror threat in Scotland is currently “severe”, the second highest level of alert. This means that an attack is seen as “likely”. House warns that, after the bloodbath in Paris, Scotland should not let down its guard. The last attempted mass murder in the UK was in Glasgow airport in 2007. Officer Lee Rigby was attacked and killed in London in 2013, by two men who ran him down in a car then hacked him to death with knives and a cleaver. House says that there is no way to predict where the next attack will come from, or what form it will take. “It would be daft to rule out an attack in Scotland and we don't feel in any way complacent. We've obviously had Lee Rigby since, but in terms of trying to kill large numbers of people untargeted, then it was Glasgow. VIEW GALLERY “We've had returnees from the Middle East, we've got people who have been radicalised online in Scotland and people from Scotland who have gone to the Middle East. To pretend there's a difference at the moment isn't true.” He does not rule anything out: a sophisticated attack like the one mounted on Charlie Hebdo, or a solo operator with a carving knife. “It's dangerous for the public, the security service and the police to think it's bound to be two or three men with Kalashnikovs. We would hope access to firearms is not that easy in this country, so what you could have is an attack with somebody just armed with a knife or driving a car.” Fewer than two per cent of Scottish officers carry fire arms and House does not want to see the whole force armed. The armed cops are volunteers and don't receive any extra cash. Their boss describes them as “very good at it. They are proportionate and restrained.” Good to see a chief speaking plainly about the threat we face and the likely response.
  13. Tricky situation to be in for a PC without a weapon to leverage the bandits. I suppose of the PC was armed it would only encourage criminals to start arming themselves with pistols?......
  14. LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - The soldiers who stand guardoutside Britain's royal palaces have been moved behind metalfences because of fears of a terror attack, local newspapersreported on Monday. The Royal Guards, a popular tourist attraction outside royalresidences because of their ceremonial uniforms, have beenseparated from the public, with armed police providingadditional protection. The Telegraph newspaper said Buckingham Palace and thepolice feared that militant Islamists could see the Royal Guardsas high-profile targets. Although the guards carry weaponsfitted with bayonets the guns are not loaded. The Metropolitan Police and Ministry of Defence declined tocomment on the reports. Britain raised its terrorism alert to the second-highestlevel in August and last month said it was facing the biggestterrorism threat in its history because of radicalised Britonsreturning from fighting in Syria and Iraq. Earlier this month Britain's top policeman said the countryhad thwarted a 'lone wolf' style attack just days before it wasdue to happen, and that authorities had foiled five terror plotsin the last four months. Two months ago a soldier on ceremonial sentry duty was shotdead in the Canadian capital Ottawa by a man who then chargedinto the parliament building. (Reporting by Andy Bruce and William James; editing by SusanThomas) View the article source
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