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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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British Transport Police opens Counter Terrorism Hub at Birmingham New Street station

British Transport Police opens Counter Terrorism Hub at Birmingham New Street station
On Thursday 24 May, British Transport Police  introduced its first regional counter terrorism unit at Birmingham New Street station.  The op...
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CI Karen Stevenson Staffordshire Police on Armed Policing for women

CI Karen Stevenson Staffordshire Police on Armed Policing for women
Karen Stevenson: Chief Inspector, Local Police Commander & Post Incident Manager, Staffordshire Police, recently Tweeted the following message off...
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North Yorkshire Police launches recruitment drive to entice firearms officers from other forces

North Yorkshire Police launches recruitment drive to entice firearms officers from other forces
NORTH Yorkshire Police are looking to benefit from the expertise of experienced detectives and firearms officers through a transferee recruitment driv...
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Emergency services training exercise at Pleasurewood Hills

Emergency services training exercise at Pleasurewood Hills
  Suffolk Constabulary , together with partner emergency services, took part in a live-play training exercise at Pleasurewood Hills near Lowestof...
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Scottish police officers 'feel vulnerable to spontaneous violence'

Scottish police officers 'feel vulnerable to spontaneous violence'
Scotland's police officers feel under-equipped to tackle violent crime and terrorism, the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has claimed. The SPF said m...
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Increased support for routine arming

Increased support for routine arming
These were the findings from a national firearms survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales , the first since 2006.  Just over a third ...
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Firearms officers to have new £50m HQ and training centre in London

Firearms officers to have new £50m HQ and training centre in London
A new £50 million base for armed police officers is to be built in central London to help protect the public from terrorism. The new base will house a...
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Police Officer has written a book about his family's fight to save his 10 year old son from cancer

Police Officer has written a book about his family's fight to save his  10 year old son from cancer
Warwickshire Police officer Jeff Goodwin has written a book about his family's fight to save his 10-year-old son Alex from a rare form of cancer. Alex...
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West Midlands Police are deploying firearms to 60% more incidents compared to last year.

West Midlands Police are deploying firearms to 60% more incidents compared to last year.
Armed officers in the West Midlands Police were deployed on 672 more operations in the year ending March 2017 than in the year ending March 2016. West...
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Police chiefs to consider arming beat bobbies with pistols

Police chiefs to consider arming beat bobbies with pistols
The controversial move could overturn Britain’s proud tradition of routine unarmed policing. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) will meet next...
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Sky poll: Public asked if they want police to be armed

Sky poll: Public asked if they want police to be armed
Sky News - Most Britons are in favour of police carrying guns after attacks in Manchester and London, a Sky Data poll finds. The vast majority of Brit...
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When I joined the Police I resolved never to carry a gun. But I've changed my mind

When I joined the Police I resolved never to carry a gun. But I've changed my mind
  The Guardian - I’ve been a police officer for 20 years. When I joined the service I resolved that if I was ever required to carry a gun, ...
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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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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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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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Police Scotland stopped enhanced payments to officers

The Scottish Police Federation is challenging Police Scotland over special payments to armed officers who protect the royal family on holiday.   ...
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