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Terror police investigate explosives near Waterloo Station, Heathrow and London City Airport

Terror police investigate explosives near Waterloo Station, Heathrow and London City Airport
Police received separate reports of suspicious packages at Waterloo Station and Heathrow and London City airports earlier today. Counter-terror police...
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Decision to allow student officers access to Taser

Decision to allow student officers access to Taser
The decision to allow student officers access to Taser has been hailed as a ‘victory for our members and for common sense’ by the Chair of the Police ...
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Detective opens up about trauma of the job after PTSD diagnosis

Detective opens up about trauma of the job after PTSD diagnosis
A former child abuse detective has lifted the lid on the trauma of delving into “harrowing” online images on a daily basis after it led him to develop...
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Number of police plummets as officers quit and forces miss recruitment targets

Number of police plummets as officers quit and forces miss recruitment targets
Almost 2,500 police have resigned since April last year and most Brit forces say they are struggling to fill roles Experienced police officers are qui...
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British style of policing 'on its knees and facing extinction' because of cuts

British style of policing 'on its knees and facing extinction' because of cuts
A survey finds many officers find their job "very or extremely stressful" and they are being exposed to "increased risk". Budget cuts are putting the ...
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Firefighters to be trained as police officers for seven Devon towns

Firefighters to be trained as police officers for seven Devon towns
The new role will be called 'community responder' Seven firefighters are to be trained as police officers is what is believed to be a national first. ...
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Armed manhunt after police officer attacked

Armed manhunt after police officer attacked
A police officer has been attacked by two men after carrying out a "routine stop" on a car. The Dyfed-Powys Police officer was taken to hospital as a ...
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Finn's Law: Stabbed police dog bill passed by MPs

Finn's Law: Stabbed police dog bill passed by MPs
A wounded police dog that inspired proposed laws to protect service dogs and horses watched in the House of Commons as MPs backed the legislation. Fin...
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Colleague of murdered police officer Yvonne Fletcher offers reward from his pension to catch memorial vandals

Colleague of murdered police officer Yvonne Fletcher offers reward from his pension to catch memorial vandals
A retired police officer who was with Yvonne Fletcher when she was shot and killed policing a protest has offered a reward to help catch the vandal wh...
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Every Norfolk response officer will be given option to arm with Taser

Every Norfolk response officer will be given option to arm with Taser
Every response officer in Norfolk will have the option to arm themselves with Taser by 2021, the chief constable has said. But he stopped short of mee...
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Police chiefs' concern over 'shortage of armed officers'

Police chiefs' concern over 'shortage of armed officers'
Senior police leaders have said a rise in gun crime and a looming recruitment shortfall are leaving some specialist armed officers "stretched". Figure...
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Policeman shot dead by robber remembered 100 years on

Policeman shot dead by robber remembered 100 years on
A policeman who died after being shot by an armed robber has been remembered at a special ceremony, a century on from his murder. PC James Campbell wa...
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Govt takes three years to produce 325 words on police firearms

Govt takes three years to produce 325 words on police firearms
Today the Home Office slipped out its long-awaited Firearms Review designed to examine whether firearms officers had enough protections to carry ...
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The Museum of Armed Policing is now open

The Museum of Armed Policing is now open
The Museum of Armed Policing is now open  To check availability and to pre book a visit please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        ...
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A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE

A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE
I retired from West Midlands Police in December 2018 after 24 years’ service and I couldn’t be happier about it. The only downside was that it was due...
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Manchester Victoria police officers 'threw themselves at knifeman without hesitation'

Manchester Victoria police officers 'threw themselves at knifeman without hesitation'
Brave police officers instantly ran to the scene before 'jumping' on the suspect and pinning him down, witnesses say "Hero" police officers hurled the...
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Taser ‘crucial’ in protecting officers from assaults and ensuring public safety

Taser ‘crucial’ in protecting officers from assaults and ensuring public safety
  Taser is a vital piece of protective equipment and essential in ensuring public safety and protecting officers from assaults.  That is the...
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College Of Policing (COP) colour vision deficiency (CVD) test

College Of Policing (COP) colour vision deficiency (CVD) test
  If officers who carry a firearm or Taser fail the revised College Of Policing (COP) colour vision deficiency (CVD)  tests they should cont...
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Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness

Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness
'I'm ex-military and people need a bit more backbone'. A scrutiny panel report is urging a constabulary to develop more of a “hardline” take on sick l...
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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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