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  1. PCW

    Eyesight

    Morning All, so o have an interest in becoming a firearms officer, however I wear glasses / contact lenses. I’m under the impression that I will be able to apply with little issue, my question is, those out there that already do the role and wear glasses/contacts. Do you find you have any issues? Do you always wear contact lenses? Cheers PCW
  2. Hi all, Apologies if this question has been asked before I only ask as I have thoughts of applying to MDP if my current application with my own force goes south. Upon starting your training with MDP can anyone confirm the process when it comes to the firearms training aspects. I realise that this is a public forum so information will be very limited but I'm hoping to clarify the situation in terms of not meeting the needs of the course. I'm fully aware that should you undertake a firearms course with a home office course and you fail then you are returned to district and told to reapply at a later stage however I'm wondering how this would work with the MDP as the main part of the role is being a firearms handler? If you don't meet the grade are you dismissed from the force? Any assistance would be appreciated! XA84
  3. 'Arm British police' says US intelligence chairman Mike Rogers, Republican congressman who heads committee which oversees 16 US intelligence agencies, expresses concern over unarmed British police in face of a growing terror threat Republican congressman Mike Rogers Photo: AP By David Barrett], Home Affairs Correspondent 9:00PM BST 22 Oct 2014 British police should be routinely armed after concerns officers will be targeted by a terror plot, one of the United States' most senior intelligence figures has said. Mike Rogers, who was visiting London in his role as chairman of a US committee overseeing intelligence issues, said it was “concerning” that officers in this country would be unable to defend themselves from armed attackers. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the Republican expressed respect for “cultural differences” between Britain and the US on gun control, but said it should be possible to reach a compromise where trained police officers are routinely armed. Mr Rogers, a former FBI agent who carried a gun "24 hours a day", also expressed frustration at the British Parliament’s refusal to back military action in Syria, after a Commons vote last month which limited military action to Iraqi territory. In a wide-ranging interview the congressman, who chairs the House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, also said privacy campaigners in the UK who opposed Government plans to extend surveillance capabilities would “cost British lives”. Mr Rogers, who travels with a US Secret Service detail due to the sensitivity of his role scrutinising 16 US intelligence agencies, said: “I am of the opinion that if police officers are under a terrorist threat I would like to see them armed. Obviously, it’s concerning to me. “I am an American politician who was in law enforcement so perhaps it’s not a fair conclusion for me to come to." Mr Rogers, who is seen as a contender for the US presidential race in 2016, added: "This is such a cultural difference when it comes to our two countries. “But if you get to the place where you don’t want your citizens armed here, clearly you can get to the place where your train police officers to be armed to protect themselves when they are the target of a threat.” Police across the UK have been put on an unprecedented alert amid fears Islamist terrorists may be planning to kill an officer on the street, with officers and civilian staff told to remain extra vigilant. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11180092/Arm-British-police-says-US-intelligence-chairman.html
  4. Full story Thoughts are with the officer and their family, clearly a situation none of us want to find ourselves in. Hopefully the investigation is concluded swiftly and sensibly.
  5. devilclarke

    Blank firing

    Really quite a controversial question but here it goes, IF someone was to build a firearm with a barrel that is blocked and was chambered only to fit blank ammunition (.22 or 8mm) and paint said project a bright color (neon) would this be illegal?
  6. London gun owners are asking questions of the Metropolitan Police after the force seemingly handed the addresses of 30,000 firearm and shotgun owners to a direct mail marketing agency for a commercial firm's advertising campaign. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/19/met_police_30000_gun_owner_data_breach/
  7. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has said a violent incident in Glasgow raised questions about whether officers can protect the public. SPF chairwoman Andrea MacDonald said it was "deeply worrying" that no armed officers were dispatched. The attacker in Thursday's incident injured two people before inflicting fatal injuries on himself. Police Scotland has insisted that the incident did not require the presence of armed officers. One of the victims of the attack was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital with injuries to his shoulder and arm. The other victim, a community warden, was allowed home after treatment. Ms MacDonald said: "Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him. "Whilst not detracting in any way from the courage of the police officers who attended, the fact no armed officers were dispatched to a man attacking others with knives and an axe should be deeply worrying. "Glasgow is a city with an almost permanent armed police presence but they were not dispatched and they did not attend." She added: "This lays bare the myth that the service adequately risk-assesses incidents prior to deploying resources and that as a service we are capable of protecting the public from spontaneous incidents of extreme violence." The SPF annual conference - last month - heard calls for all officers to carry Tasers and for there to be an increase in the number of armed officers. Police Scotland has rejected these calls and stressed the value of retaining a largely unarmed police service. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: "Police Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, prides itself in being an unarmed service with access to specialist firearms support whenever required. "Yesterday's incident in Glasgow city centre was a dynamic and fast-moving incident. Local officers responded rapidly and contained and dealt with it quickly. "This was not a random attack. It was planned and targeted, and armed officers were not required to attend on this occasion." Detectives have appealed for information about what they said was a "targeted" and pre-planned attack. The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39604233
  8. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has said a violent incident in Glasgow raised questions about whether officers can protect the public. SPF chairwoman Andrea MacDonald said it was "deeply worrying" that no armed officers were dispatched. The attacker in Thursday's incident injured two people before inflicting fatal injuries on himself. Police Scotland has insisted that the incident did not require the presence of armed officers. One of the victims of the attack was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital with injuries to his shoulder and arm. The other victim, a community warden, was allowed home after treatment. Ms MacDonald said: "Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him. "Whilst not detracting in any way from the courage of the police officers who attended, the fact no armed officers were dispatched to a man attacking others with knives and an axe should be deeply worrying. "Glasgow is a city with an almost permanent armed police presence but they were not dispatched and they did not attend." She added: "This lays bare the myth that the service adequately risk-assesses incidents prior to deploying resources and that as a service we are capable of protecting the public from spontaneous incidents of extreme violence." The SPF annual conference - last month - heard calls for all officers to carry Tasers and for there to be an increase in the number of armed officers. Police Scotland has rejected these calls and stressed the value of retaining a largely unarmed police service. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: "Police Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, prides itself in being an unarmed service with access to specialist firearms support whenever required. "Yesterday's incident in Glasgow city centre was a dynamic and fast-moving incident. Local officers responded rapidly and contained and dealt with it quickly. "This was not a random attack. It was planned and targeted, and armed officers were not required to attend on this occasion." Detectives have appealed for information about what they said was a "targeted" and pre-planned attack. The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39604233
  9. Obviously be aware of opsec in relation to this question, but do the BTP have any firearms capacity in the north of the country? Manchester for example. Or is all BTP firearms based down in London?
  10. PC Kelly Ellis is one of an increasing number of UK police officers who are undertaking firearms training. Her friends have dubbed her Lara Croft - after the Tomb Raider action hero - but she says the training is the hardest thing she has ever done. Over three months, Dominic Casciani - reporting for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme - had unique access to some of the new recruits being assessed in Cheshire. Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39260906
  11. Hi all, I used to be one of those fast paced PCSOs but moved to the USA and am currently working as a nuclear ARV for a nuclear power plant. One of my instructors used to live in the UK and wanted to know about working there as a firearms instructor. He was formerly US Army SF for quite a few years and is now a firearms instructor working at the same nuclear plant. I know he'll need a work permit to start with, but what are the requirements re: training to become an instructor, are there any disqualifiers for the course? I was wondering if there were restrictions re: anti-terrorism etc. but put it this way, military background, vetted for firearms instructor as per state law, and believe me the nuclear checks are thorough. Any tips would be handy, many thanks
  12. Fresh fears have been raised that cutbacks are forcing frontline police officers in Moray to spend much of their days filling-in forms instead of catching criminals. Full Story - Press & Journal
  13. GMP is to get a huge increase in the number of armed officers to deal with twin threats of terrorism and gun-toting crime gangs across Manchester , Salford and Greater Manchester. GMP to boost number of armed officers to tackle gun crime and terrorist threats - Manchester Evening News http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gmp-boost-number-armed-officers-12164627
  14. The hero cop who led armed police during the siege of the Bartons Arms at the height of the Birmingham riots is suing West Midlands Police – after being transferred from the crackshot team to the force’s dog kennels. Full Story - Birmingham Mail
  15. XA84

    Firearms Query

    Hey all, I was recently at a police training site where we were shown around all of the specific training areas including firearms. It's been my life long dream to become a firearms officer (yes I know I'm in for a hard slog) but I'm wondering if there is any pre-requisites to becoming an AFO? I'm aware of all of the usual stuff like having to have a good service record etc but I'm curious to know if you can join if you have a fear of heights, sounds daft I know but I noticed at this training site there was an abseil tower.
  16. Armed police walking around Tesco in broad daylight http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/watch-armed-police-officers-walking-11409085 Oh my god they eat!!! On a more serious note, people should feel protected by seeing the odd cop wearing a sidearm. Especially, at a time where there is an increased level of threat.
  17. Hades

    Airport Policing

    Are there any AFOs on here working at any of the major airports? Would be interested in getting in touch with some as I'm off to a job which will be working closely with them so it'd be good to get any personal perspectives and thoughts from people before I get there
  18. Hi there, As an applicant; anyone have any details on what this is exactly? Thanks.
  19. A man has pulled a gun on five policemen in Ribbleton - but it failed to go off when he pulled the trigger. http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/man-pulls-gun-on-police-in-preston-1-7638840 from the Lancashire Evening Post. was going to put this in my community area, but felt it was better in UK due to the more severe fact the... Let's be polite and say 'alleged offender' actually aimed and pulled the trigger. Absolutely shocking. mods, obviously please feel free to move as you see appropriate
  20. Dave SYP

    Police shot at.

    From BBC News: Belfast shooting: Heavy calibre gun used in police car attack 1 hour ago From the sectionNorthern Ireland Image captionTwo police officers escaped injury after shots were fired at their car A heavy calibre gun was used in an attack on a police patrol car in west Belfast, police have said. Up to eight shots struck the passenger side of the car parked at Rossnareen Avenue, at about 18:50 GMT on Thursday. Two male officers who were in the car were not injured but were said to have been badly shaken. Police described it as a "mindless, reckless attempt to kill officers". Dissident republicans are being blamed. Ch Supt Nigel Grimshaw said the police car's armour-plating and bullet-proof glass had stopped the officers from being seriously injured or killed. Image copyrightPSNI Image captionUp to eight bullets struck the passenger side of the car Image copyrightPacemaker Image captionA car that police believe was used in the attack was later found burned out Detectives believe the attackers made off in a BMW car that had been waiting nearby at Tullagh Park. The car, which was fitted with a false Republic of Ireland registration plate, was later found abandoned and on fire at Cluain Mor Drive in the Beechmount area. Police described the gun used in the attack as "accurate firing". One of the officers was looking through the passenger window when it was struck by two bullets.
  21. The family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, have won the right to appeal over a finding that he was lawfully killed. An inquest jury concluded last year that the marksman who killed him in Tottenham, north London, did not behave unlawfully. The family is challenging a High Court ruling that they could not apply for judicial review. Lord Justice Sales allowed their application for permission to appeal. The judge warned the family against thinking his decision meant their appeal must succeed. He said their case was "arguable" and had reached his decision on the basis that "there is a real prospect of success on appeal". He added: "A further compelling reason for the grant of permission is that the shooting dead of a suspect by police is always a matter for careful scrutiny." The Duggan family and their lawyers argued the jury's conclusions were contradictory. 'Deeply distressed' The officer involved said he believed Mark Duggan had a weapon in his hand when he opened fire and thought he was going to shoot at police. The jury found it was more than likely that Mark Duggan had thrown a gun onto some grass outside the car, where a weapon was found. The three High Court judges who previously ruled out a judicial review said none of the grounds of challenge had been established. Mark Duggan's shooting in August 2011 sparked riots in London and across England which lasted for several days. His mother, Pamela, said she remained "deeply distressed" about her son's death and the inquest finding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34647727 Another waste of money, maybe if he hadn't turned to a life of crime his mother wouldn't be in this distressing situation.
  22. A man has died after being shot when firearms officers were called to a house in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, police have said. Officers were called to a property in Duck Lane after receiving reports of concern for people inside. The man was shot by a firearms officer just after 20:00 BST and died at the scene. No-one else was injured. The Independent Police Complaints Comission (IPCC) has begun an investigation. Cambridgeshire Police said it would "not be appropriate to comment further" at this stage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-34601154
  23. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/13811/Police-appeal-for-witnesses-after-woman-threatened-with-a-firearm-in-Telford
  24. Shots were fired at unarmed police officers as they chased a man in an Essex town. No-one was injured and five men were later arrested after officers were called to the area of Arne Court and Vaughan Williams Road in Laindon. The alarm was raised shortly after 01:00 BST on Sunday when callers reported seeing a number of men with firearms. Three men were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Two others were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-34565469 Stumbled across this news story obviously not that noteworthy, but could have so easily been another tragedy.
  25. A police officer is in hospital after being shot in Hackney this lunchtime. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/haggerston-shooting-police-probe-reports-of-shots-fired-in-hackney-a3091531.html Thankfully it sounds like he is going to be alright. I believe the suspect has been arrested.

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