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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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How 'sophisticated' crime gang went about business

How 'sophisticated' crime gang went about business
Nine men have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges linked to the most sophisticated organised crime group encountered yet by Police Scotland , accor...
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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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I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself

I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself
In this emotional interview a retired policeman describes through tears how he saved the life of a 19-year-old on a Saturday night Walter Williams had...
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MI5: We prevented nine terror attacks in past year

MI5: We prevented nine terror attacks in past year
The UK's domestic security service said it stopped nine terror attacks this year, though it failed to prevent five others. MI5 prevented a total of ni...
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Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD

Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD
More than half of all police forces in England and Wales have told the BBC the number of officers having to take long-term sick leave because of menta...
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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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Men sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for firearms offences

Men sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for firearms offences
Six men have been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison following a shooting in Bedford last year described as ‘a scene more reminiscent of Chica...
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One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives

One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives
Calls grow for better safeguards to 'protect the protectors' including better mental health provision and greater punishments for those who assault em...
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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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WW2 Machine Guns Among 140 Firearms Handed To Police

WW2 Machine Guns Among 140 Firearms Handed To Police
  Two Second World War Machine guns were handed in to police in the first week of a gun amnesty launched by Scotland Yard . Over the past week mo...
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increased workloads harms mental resilience

increased workloads harms mental resilience
Equality Liaison Officers (ELOs) have been given a lesson in maintaining morale and mental resilience from a former British Army officer. Lt Col Richa...
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Man jailed over 160 guns found in house fire

Man jailed over 160 guns found in house fire
A 74-year-old man has been jailed for five years after 160 guns were found at his home following a fire. The weapons and ammunition, including machine...
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Give Up Your Guns - National Firearms Surrender

Give Up Your Guns - National Firearms Surrender
  Scotland Yard launched a new campaign today urging people to give up their guns to keep them out of the hands of criminals. Officers have urged...
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Armed police stopping cars and pedestrians in Christmas Market security crackdown

Armed police stopping cars and pedestrians in Christmas Market security crackdown
Armed police officers are stopping cars and pedestrians in Birmingham city centre in a security crackdown ahead of the launch of the German Christmas ...
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Firearms Special Report - Witness or Suspect

Firearms Special Report - Witness or Suspect
  Above and beyond : firearms special report - witness or suspect A short video report made by the Police Federation of England and Wales Highlig...
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Body worn video shows firearms officers disarming knife man with a Taser

Body worn video shows firearms officers disarming knife man with a Taser
  This is the moment firearms officers safely disarmed a man as he marched towards them carrying two knives, in footage captured on body cameras ...
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Jailed for supplying sawn-off shotguns

Jailed for supplying sawn-off shotguns
Two men from Birmingham who were responsible for supplying sawn-off shotguns to organised crime groups have been jailed for more than 55 years, a...
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Police Set Date For November National Gun Surrender

Police Set Date For November National Gun Surrender
Police forces across the UK are appealing for people to hand over any unwanted guns with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition , starting on...
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Police sickness bill tops £2 million

Police sickness bill tops £2 million
The bill for sickness absence at Staffordshire Police smashed through the £2 million barrier last year - as nearly 60 per cent of frontline officers a...
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