Arm The Police, Or Not?

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6 Responses

  1. Max Woosnam says:

    Oh I so much agree that a whistle cape and truncheon should suffice, but things have changed so much in so little time that all officers, yes all officers should be armed. I live in Spain and all officers are armed, even security personnel, and they are given respect by the majority of people.
    The big problem is, a policeman draws his weapon and all hell is let loose, questions in Parliament, questions here questions there, let’s get the police to court, no support from the Government or any other party. If we have a Police force let it do its job, within reasonable grounds.if you are law abiding citizens, support the Police, if you are not, then take the consequences. We need a Government with teeth NOT toothless tigers, and we need a Police FORCE!

    • retiredandangry says:

      It was certainly a Police FORCE that I joined all those years ago, and we got much more respect than officers get now

  2. Gordon Williamson says:

    I was regularly armed but never wanted all Officers to be routinely armed.
    However times have changed and so have the tactics of those who would harm us.
    No longer is it criminals and or terrorists who would carry firearms as a means of avoiding capture.
    Now we have a breed of extremists who’s soul intent is to kill and harm as many people as possible with no concern about capture, they wish to die in their attempt to achieve martyrdom.
    1st responding Officers no longer have the option of standing off and waiting for armed assistance.
    The longer they wait to intervene the greater the loss of innocent lives.
    Training needs to start immediately.
    We will also need an increase in Specialist Firearms Officers to back up first responders.
    We will also need to restore the numbers of Officers lost.
    All future selection of Officers needs to be on the basis that they will be armed.
    But it will be at a cost in terms of training and what is required of our officers!
    It will be a sad day and not one I ever wished to see.
    The public will get used to it and adapt.
    We will also need to see a change in attitudes from Senior Management, Government and people like the IPCC in keeping with the changes that our officers will now face!

    • retiredandangry says:

      I can only agree with everything you say Gordon. Times have most definitely changed and so must our response. A sad day, but inevitable. And yes, we do need those 21,000 posts back again.

  3. Gary says:

    I too joined when it was a police Force straight from the army where for 2 years I had to carry a personal weapon at all times while in NI. I was relieved not to have that responsibility any longer but my view changed as my Force became a Service. Since the mid 90’s I have been of the opinion that front line officers should carry a weapon on duty but it is also in my view equally importent that the public are educated in how to behave when confronted by an armed officer.

    • retiredandangry says:

      A good point Gary, and often overlooked. A certain section of the Public have no idea how they should behave when confronted by an armed officer

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