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“Armed officers shoulder a huge burden - we should share it”

“Armed officers shoulder a huge burden - we should share it”
As the debate about armed officers patrolling our streets hits the headlines again our new Firearms lead Steve Hartshorn explains why he’s thinks fire...
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'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC

'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC
The partner of a police officer who took his own life is urging others to speak out about mental health problems, saying: "He was the last person anyo...
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This is how guns end up in the hands of Liverpool's most vicious criminals

This is how guns end up in the hands of Liverpool's most vicious criminals
How weapons that cause terror and tragedy arrive on the streets of Merseyside Guns cause terror and tragedy on the streets of Merseyside. This year ha...
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Met Police cancels 330,000 officer rest days as it tackles surge in knife crime and police cuts

Met Police cancels 330,000 officer rest days as it tackles surge in knife crime and police cuts
Scotland Yard has cancelled nearly 330,000 officer rest days in nine months as it battles a surge in violent crime and falling police numbers, figures...
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Police should 'all be armed with Tasers to stop attacks'

Police should 'all be armed with Tasers to stop attacks'
John Apter , chair of the Police Federation, said ministers must roll out more of the weapons before violence gets out of control Officers should be r...
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Chatteris armed policing museum open to public in 2019

Chatteris armed policing museum open to public in 2019
A new museum dedicated to the history of armed policing will open to the public in the new year. Exhibitions will detail the use of firearms by office...
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National Museum on Armed Policing to Open

National Museum on Armed Policing to Open
  Chattris is set to become home to a national museum early in the new year which aims to inspire youngsters and help fight knife crime .  F...
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Firearms seized in national operation

Firearms seized in national operation
At least 61 firearms have been seized and ten people arrested in a national operation targeting customers who had purchased prohibited blank-firing we...
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WEST YORKSHIRE EXERCISE TESTS TERROR ATTACK RESPONSE

WEST YORKSHIRE EXERCISE TESTS TERROR ATTACK RESPONSE
A training exercise to test the response of the emergency services to a terrorist attack took place at a number of locations in West Yorkshire over th...
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Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism

Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism
Armed police were deployed more times in South Yorkshire last year than at any other time in the last decade, as the number of armed officers reached ...
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Armed police turning out for hundreds of routine calls across Scotland

Armed police turning out for hundreds of routine calls across Scotland
 Armed police officers have assisted in more than 1,500 missing person inquiries and responded to over 300 road accidents since a relaxation in t...
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Trauma doctors reveal horror of knife crime 'epidemic'

Trauma doctors reveal horror of knife crime 'epidemic'
The number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries rises sharply in two years The number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries...
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Seminar round-up: PIPs can affect any officer

Seminar round-up: PIPs can affect any officer
Post Incident Procedures (PIPs) are not only for specialists – they can affect any officer any time. This was the take-away message from the Federatio...
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Police Scotland inspector in firearms sexism row

Police Scotland inspector in firearms sexism row
Police Scotland is facing a sexism row after an inspector said female firearms officers should not be deployed together if men were available. In an i...
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cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues

cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues
More than 9,000 officers have been given leave in the past three years – and experts say things will get worse due to soaring work demands Brutal cuts...
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'And breathe' police try mindfulness to beat burnout

'And breathe' police try mindfulness to beat burnout
College of Policing to fund trial for more than 1,500 officers to combat stress-related sick leave On Thursday afternoon, a dozen novice police office...
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Lives saved" as WMP seizes 100-plus firearms so far in 2018

Lives saved" as WMP seizes 100-plus firearms so far in 2018
West Midlands Police has taken more than 100 firearms off the region’s streets so far this year - recoveries that have “undoubtedly saved lives" accor...
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Close Protection officer shot terrorist Khalid Masood dead as he approached 'to kill me'

Close Protection officer shot terrorist Khalid Masood dead as he approached 'to kill me'
A minister’s bodyguard broke down in court as he told how he shot Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood dead as he believed "he was going to kill me". T...
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police officer run over while on duty 'felt his body crumple' under van wheel

police officer run over while on duty 'felt his body crumple' under van wheel
Sergeant Jim Morgan is back at work following an inspirational recovery after he was run over by Martin Stowell, who was later found not guilty of any...
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Man shot by Police , Six arrests made

Man shot by Police , Six arrests made
Man sustains arm injury as six people are arrested on suspicion of firearms offences Officers from West Midlands police forced their way into the hous...
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