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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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'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC

'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC
The partner of a police officer who took his own life is urging others to speak out about mental health problems, saying: "He was the last person anyo...
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This is how guns end up in the hands of Liverpool's most vicious criminals

This is how guns end up in the hands of Liverpool's most vicious criminals
How weapons that cause terror and tragedy arrive on the streets of Merseyside Guns cause terror and tragedy on the streets of Merseyside. This year ha...
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Met Police cancels 330,000 officer rest days as it tackles surge in knife crime and police cuts

Met Police cancels 330,000 officer rest days as it tackles surge in knife crime and police cuts
Scotland Yard has cancelled nearly 330,000 officer rest days in nine months as it battles a surge in violent crime and falling police numbers, figures...
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Police should 'all be armed with Tasers to stop attacks'

Police should 'all be armed with Tasers to stop attacks'
John Apter , chair of the Police Federation, said ministers must roll out more of the weapons before violence gets out of control Officers should be r...
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Chatteris armed policing museum open to public in 2019

Chatteris armed policing museum open to public in 2019
A new museum dedicated to the history of armed policing will open to the public in the new year. Exhibitions will detail the use of firearms by office...
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National Museum on Armed Policing to Open

National Museum on Armed Policing to Open
  Chattris is set to become home to a national museum early in the new year which aims to inspire youngsters and help fight knife crime .  F...
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Firearms seized in national operation

Firearms seized in national operation
At least 61 firearms have been seized and ten people arrested in a national operation targeting customers who had purchased prohibited blank-firing we...
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WEST YORKSHIRE EXERCISE TESTS TERROR ATTACK RESPONSE

WEST YORKSHIRE EXERCISE TESTS TERROR ATTACK RESPONSE
A training exercise to test the response of the emergency services to a terrorist attack took place at a number of locations in West Yorkshire over th...
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Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism

Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism
Armed police were deployed more times in South Yorkshire last year than at any other time in the last decade, as the number of armed officers reached ...
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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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Trauma doctors reveal horror of knife crime 'epidemic'

Trauma doctors reveal horror of knife crime 'epidemic'
The number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries rises sharply in two years The number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries...
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Seminar round-up: PIPs can affect any officer

Seminar round-up: PIPs can affect any officer
Post Incident Procedures (PIPs) are not only for specialists – they can affect any officer any time. This was the take-away message from the Federatio...
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