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Armed police fear impact of new colour blindness rules

Armed police fear impact of new colour blindness rules
Police Federation says tests could be discriminatory on grounds of disability and gender Hundreds of firearms officers may have to lay down their weap...
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Survey show police officers prepared to be armed

Survey show police officers prepared to be armed
  SIX out of 10 South Yorkshire Police officers would be prepared to be armed on duty, a PFEW survey has shown. South Yorkshire Police Federation...
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Armed transport police for Manchester and Birmingham

Armed transport police for Manchester and Birmingham
British Transport Police (BTP) is scaling up counter terrorism operations in Manchester and Birmingham . New firearms, dog and "behavioural detection"...
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BOOST FOR WAR ON TERROR

BOOST FOR WAR ON TERROR
Government hands police £50million funding boost to tackle UK terrorism The Chancellor and the Home Secretary have agreed on extras cash to boost inte...
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Police Scotland U-turn on armed policing and 500 officers to get Tasers

Police Scotland U-turn on armed policing and 500 officers to get Tasers
The force will scrap restrictions on the routine deployment of firearms officers . Hundreds of Scottish police will be armed with Tasers next year, wh...
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Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers

Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers
Three forces believe that the large areas they cover mean current system of elite firearms officers would be too slow in responding to serious gun cri...
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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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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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British armed cops ‘best trained and most restrained in the world’

British armed cops ‘best trained and most restrained in the world’
Armed officers in the UK are the best in the world, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) in spite of new figures which show a rise i...
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Merseyside police on recruitment drive to deal with rise in number of shootings

Merseyside police on recruitment drive to deal with rise in number of shootings
  Merseyside Police is recruiting extra armed officers to deal with a rise in the number of shootings in the area. Despite overall cuts to the fo...
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NPCC to review the national armed police response in light of the changing threat

NPCC to review the national armed police response in light of the changing threat
At the quarterly meeting of Chief Constables Council, held over the last two days, chiefs discussed the role of armed police and Taser in protecting t...
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Should more West Yorkshire police officers be armed?

Should more West Yorkshire police officers be armed?
  The public in West Yorkshire are to be asked whether police in the county should be routinely armed with guns and Taser electric stun weapons. ...
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Devon and Cornwall PCC in armed civilians row

Devon and Cornwall PCC in armed civilians row
  A police chief has found herself at odds with her own force by saying she would look into whether gun owners could act as armed civilians in th...
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Tasers could be given to police officers in Dorset in wake of terror attacks

Tasers could be given to police officers in Dorset in wake of terror attacks
CASH-STRAPPED rural police officers could be issued with Tasers in the wake of recent terror attacks, Dorset’s police and crime commissioner has...
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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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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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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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Armed Officers Save Lives

Armed Officers Save Lives
THE SUN - London terror attack proves why ordinary police need firearms training and must carry guns, says ex-Met gun cop. British paranoia about guns...
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