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6 hours ago, BlueBob said:

I quite agree that it is something we can be trained to do rather than an inmate ability given at birth.  I suppose the reluctance both by society and within the service is we probably know of quite a few officers who have passed various degrees of driving courses and yet feel they should be allowed near a set of keys - often they self-demonstrate their propensity towards inability or just push the boundaries beyond what they know are there - typically too fast for no good reason or popping out on blues for a cappuccino .
 I suppose  the same theme follows for other things, including weapons.

This is true. I suppose there will be some point in the future where the risk posed by incompetent police officers is outweighed by the risk posed by dangerous criminals.

We also shouldn't forget that even 'highly trained' officers aren't immune from accusations of incompetence - wasn't there one who left his gun on a plane not too long ago?

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