Nottinghamshire Police say armed patrol officers have been "inundated with messages of support" from the public over the last week
There was an increase in armed officers on the streets across the Midlands, and the whole of the UK, after the Manchester terror attack .
Officers from Nottinghamshire Police say that it has been a "tough and emotional week". And Firearms Officer Dan Machin recalled this moment:
"My colleague and I were on armed patrol in Nottingham City when we were approached by a young boy called Jax, outside the Victoria Centre.
Jax offered my colleague and I a bag of Haribo before saying 'Thank you for being here to protect us'.
It was a touching moment and just one of the hundreds of messages of support we've had all week."
"This may not seem much to some, but small gestures from kind members of the public mean so much to us and resonate with the Police family countrywide, some of whom have lost colleagues and witnessed tragic scenes first hand in Manchester and London only recently."
Firearms Officer Dan Machin
Also on duty over the past week was Firearms Officer Greg Cutts.
"We were overwhelmed by the support whilst on foot patrol around Nottinghamshire.
So many people, both adults and children, expressed their thanks, shook our hands, and offered us bottles of water in the heat. One lady even came over and prayed for us.
We are always happy to speak to people and there is no need to feel intimidated by us, we're a friendly bunch, and might even pose for a photo with you!"
Firearms Officer Greg Cutts