I am Old School, a Traditionalist, and I make no apology for that.
In my heart we would be policed in the old-fashioned way, a truncheon, a whistle and a cape. However, in my head I know that is no longer possible.
I detest the idea of arming the Police, it’s not how things should be, not how the British Police operate, but life is not that simple any more.
My head is telling me that ALL Front Line officers should be routinely armed, and a proscribed percentage of Middle Office and Back Office offices should be trained and authorised. The world has changed, nothing we can do about that in the short-term. We are about 21,000 officers short on what we did have in 2010, the population is growing and terrorism has returned to the streets of Britain. Mainly England I agree but certainly not restricted to London alone. It could strike literally anywhere.
Faced with a knife or machete wielding terrorist or a suicide bomber we must rely on “Can you hang on a minute till the ARV gets here please?”
If the government or NPCC or College of Policing, Police Federation do not want a routinely armed Police Service the only other visble option is to MASSIVELY INCREASE the number of ARVs on our streets, giving all Forces, Boroughs, OCUs sufficient armed officers to provide a meaningful response to any armed situation from hostage-taking, bank robberies through to terrorism in any form. Not sharing resources like the NPAS fiasco, each Force MUST have its own dedicated resources. My own Force (where I live in DeadBadgerShire) consists of 3 large counties, I wouldn’t want to dilute our meagre resources further.
The choice is simple to me, we MUST accept that the world has changed and can’t be reversed quickly, if at all. Arm the Police or increase the ARVs. Either option would benefit hugely from reducing some, or preferably all, of the 21,000 losses incurred by the Tories.
I actually, and honestly, believe that the majority of the British public would support either of these proposals.
Is “Do Nothing” an option?