PFOA - CEO Mark Williams
Today’s court of appeal ruling has the potential to have far reaching implications not only for Authorised Firearms Officers and those officers who choose to carry Taser but wider policing in general.
It will have a damaging effect on serving armed officers and those who are considering a career in armed policing.
The impact on the welfare of officers and their families will also be far reaching and should not be underestimated.
We already see the devastating consequence some investigations have on the family unit. Today's ruling may well have put policing back many years.
Police Federation of England and Wales’ firearms lead, Steve Hartshorn, who supported firearms officer W80 throughout the legal proceedings, said: “PFEW wants members to be treated fairly, professionally and within the scope of their training and the laws they are ultimately accountable to.
“Naturally we are disappointed on behalf of our 120,000 members with the outcome.
We will now review our legal position and examine what this means for the officers we represent and the impact it will have on protecting the public and themselves.”