The Armed Police of England and Wales regard themselves as ‘professional’. They undergo hours/days/weeks/months of training, and for what?
Figures recently released show that during 14,864 operations in 2013-14 the actually fired their weapons only TWICE.
What are we paying you for? Not to stand around not shooting people, that’s for sure.
This means that firearms were only fired in 0.013 per cent of armed police operations during this period. In 2014, only one person was killed by police in England and Wales.
Maybe you should take a lesson from our friends, the Americans;
503 people in the USA have been killed by police using firearms in the first six months of this year – and in the first 24 days of 2015, American police killed more people than police in England and Wales have killed in 24 years. Now that’s more like it.
Now you’ve been given Tasers you’ve gone soft, you obviously don’t think you have to shoot people any more.
Call yourselves professional? You’re a disgrace to the Police FORCE (the clue is in the name).
Well done Armed Police everywhere, you’ve once again shown the world how it should and can be done. We all owe you a lot and we should be immensely thankful that you exist, yours is not an easy specialism.
I thank you.