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PSNI investigate Bangor shooting

PSNI investigate Bangor shooting
BBC News - Police are investigating a possible link between a man's murder in a supermarket car park and a loyalist paramilitary feud. Colin Horner , ...
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MP's forced to defend cut's in armed policing

MP's forced to defend cut's in armed policing
THE SUN - Almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed on Britain’s streets despite 1,337 trained firearms officers' jobs axed since 2010 MINISTERS have ...
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Manchester terrorist attack

Manchester terrorist attack
All the Staff and membership of the PFOA are heartbroken following the terrorist attack in Manchester. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to...
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New national infrastructure police could be used to boost firearm officers

Police Oracle - Future of three forces in doubt if Tories win election.The formation of the biggest new police force in years could take place if the Conservatives win the General Election.

The party has pledged to create a national infrastructure police force by “bringing together” the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police.

It is an idea that has been examined for some time by the government – with the national media briefed in 2015 that it would be a fully armed force designed to respond to a terror attack using powerful firearms. However the forces involved were informed the idea was being shelved for the next few years two months ago.

Proposals examined by the government in the strategic defence and security review included the possibility of bringing Highways England officers and Home Office forces’ road policing units into the new force.

PoliceOracle.com has asked the Conservative Party for more details about the nature of the new force, including if the proposal is for full-blown mergers, but we are yet to receive any response. Academic and retired officer Tim Brain said: “I think this could be a very significant development.

“When they are talking about a firearms officer numbers they already include national forces, so I expect that this will be presented as part of an uplift and form a sort-of tactical reserve. “I expect they will try and use that national force to try and offset some of the cuts to local forces. “If you look across the channel at what France has with its Gendarmerie and the capability we have seen it use, I think that may have inspired this.” Individual forces have slashed their number of firearms officers in recent years and have not swiftly delivered the uplift in numbers the government pledged following the Paris attacks.

Defence Police Federation chairman Eamon Keating told PoliceOracle.com his priority will be to find out details as soon as possible if the Tories win the election. “This has been looked at several times by different reviews including the last one which went on for just over a year and ended up with a decision that the three forces would work more closely together and collaborate more, and that it would be looked at again after the Brexit negotiations – so at least 2020,” he said. “If the Conservative Party win the election and if this forms part of the new policy going forward we will look to engage immediately with whoever is responsible and ascertain what the implications are.”

British Transport Police chief executive Charlotte Vitty told a parliamentary committee earlier this year that rail companies – who fund the force - were not keen on the proposal. Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock added that the force is already going through the complicated process of being merged into Police Scotland north of the border, and also pointed out that if it was straightforward to integrate the force into others it would already have been.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary and MOD Police operate across the UK whereas BTP will soon just operate in England and Wales – so where the new force’s activities would start and end is also unclear. The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly spoken out against the merger of BTP into Police Scotland. At one stage they issued a statement claiming that “transport policing is arguably more of a transport issue than a policing one” and describing the force as “one of the most successful arms of the justice system”.

Drew Hendry the SNP candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, said:"This pledge in the Tory manifesto leaves their position on integrating British Transport Police into Police Scotland in utter chaos, and shows up their overblown rhetoric on our plans for exactly what it is. "How can they possibly support their colleagues in England doing effectively the same thing whilst opposing the Scottish Government doing this here? "Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster - only then can we protect Scotland from the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster."

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IPCC under fire over firearms officers

IPCC under fire over firearms officers
Che Donald , PFEW's lead on firearms pulled no punches in his address to delegates, which was watched by a panel including IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Gre...
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Welfare priorities for a ‘service on its knees’

Welfare priorities for a ‘service on its knees’
More than half (60%) of officers say that there is insufficient time to deliver a service to the public that they can be proud of, which is causing mo...
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Latest PFOA magazine

Latest PFOA magazine
The Latest PFOA magazine 'Top Cover' has been published. Please click on the link to view Top Cover Issue 12
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Should officers be armed at all times?

Should officers be armed at all times?
Southend Echo - A DEBATE has been launched to decide whether police officers in the county should be armed with guns at all times. Members of the Esse...
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Terror threat: UK upgrades armed police response

Terror threat: UK upgrades armed police response
BBC - Britain is upgrading its armed police response to terror attacks, with £114m to fund an extra 1,000 armed police over five years. What cap...
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The officers who protect Briton's nuclear sites

The officers who protect Briton's nuclear sites
BBC - Since 2005, every nuclear power station in the UK has had armed protection – the Civil Nuclear Constabulary . But why does such security e...
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PFOA backs federation calls for Taser for all officers

PFOA backs federation calls for Taser for all officers
Mark Williams , chief executive officer for the Police firearms Officers Association (PFOA), says the PFOA has “always supported the PFEW stance...
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Armed police moments from shooting man

Armed police moments from shooting man
Plymouth Herald - An armed police officer was moments from shooting dead a man with a gun during a four-hour siege, a court heard.   The officer ...
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Top trauma surgeon tells of devastating injuries caused by handguns

Top trauma surgeon tells of devastating injuries caused by handguns
Evening Standard - A leading trauma surgeon has told of the "devastating" injuries caused by low-velocity rounds fired from handguns preferred by Lond...
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Woman shot in anti-terror operation

Woman shot in anti-terror operation
BBC NEWS - A woman in her 20s has been shot by police and four people arrested in an anti-terror operation in north-west London and Kent, Scotland Yar...
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Westminster terror alert: Man arrested by Armed Officers

Westminster terror alert: Man arrested by Armed Officers
  SKY NEWS - Armed officers have arrested a man in connection with preparing a terror attack just yards from Downing Street.   The suspect w...
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Experienced firearms officers should get pension incentives not to retire

Experienced firearms officers should get pension incentives not to retire
  Police Oracle -Idea is being explored at highest level, and one chief explained why he advocates its introduction   Police chiefs are expl...
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Policy changes to counter terror attack tactics may have left officers without protection on post-incident procedures.

Policy changes to counter terror attack tactics may have left officers without protection on post-incident procedures.
  Neither the National Police Chiefs' Council ( NPCC ) nor the Home Office would be drawn on whether the 'shoot to stop' switch comes with the ad...
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More firearms officers ready to protect the public

More firearms officers ready to protect the public
  NPCC - There are 640 more firearms officers protecting the public in England and Wales than this time last year. The increase is largely financ...
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Taser continues to prove its worth

Taser continues to prove its worth
  New Use of Taser statistics further prove the effectiveness of the less than lethal weapon, says the Police Federation of England and Wales. To...
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Gun crime in London increases by 42%

BBC NEWS - Gun crime offences in London surged by 42% in the last year, according to official statistics. The Met Police's figures showed there were 2...
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