Mike Waldren QPM has supplied all the information for our Firearms History pages.

Sadly Mike passed away in December 2016.

The PFOA are grateful and honoured to have Mike's contributions to our website

Mike Waldren PFOA History
Armed Police by Mike Waldren QPM

Mike Waldren QPM

Mike joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967 and in 1977 as a sergeant he became a firearms instructor, a firearms team leader, a police sniper and a tactical advisor. After further qualifying as a bodyguard instructor with 22 SAS he was the designer and course director of the first MPS Bodyguard Training Courses for Special Branch and Royalty Close Protection Officers. These later became the model for the National Bodyguard Courses.

In 1982 as an Inspector he was the designer and course director of the first courses in the use of the Heckler and Koch MP5 9mm Carbine, the MP5(K) 9mm sub-machine gun and the first all-inclusive Firearms Team Courses, later to become the model for the National Rapid Intervention Courses.

In 1987, as a Chief Inspector, he became the Met’s Chief Firearms Instructor, a post he held for 5 years. In 1992 as a Superintendent he became head of the Met Firearms Unit’s operational wing and in 1994 as a Chief Superintendent he became the Unit’s commanding officer.

In 1999 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished police service. During 33 years police service he was involved in many of the major armed operations in London and as a result has given evidence on police policy and procedure at many coroner’s court and civil court proceedings.

Mike retired from the police service in March 2000. In 2000 he was the Project Technical Consultant and co-author of a revised ACPO Manual of Guidance on Police use of Firearms which became effective in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in January 2001 and in Scotland the following July. He was also the co-author of the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum introduced into the UK Police Service in 2004. He has been involved in police training projects as far afield as China, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, Turkey and Qatar.

Mike has had many articles and two books published on policing, particularly as it relates to police and firearms, the most recent being ‘Armed Police – The Police Use of Firearms Since 1945’ published by Sutton.

'Throughout most of our history, the police use of firearms has been a taboo
subject. The image of the unarmed bobby had to be preserved at all costs and
some forces did not even admit that they had firearms until fairly recently.'


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early police firearms
 armed burglars the 1880s
 the tottenham outrage 1909
 the siege of sidney street
 The Met Dockyard Divisions 1860 1934
 Churchills other bodyguards
 The Nineteen Twenties
 The Wartime Years 1939 1945
Tear Gas and Empire
Dum Dum Bullets
Rules and regulations
Facts and Figures
1681 1784
1785 1829
1829 1865
1866 1900
1901 1945
1946 1975
1976 1999
2000 2015