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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Yet another officer shot
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/4711268.stm

I hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.

One day the decision makers will accept that even though they refuse to routinely arm officers, more and more offenders are choosing to routinely arm themselves anyway, so the argument that "if we arm officers then more offenders will arm themselves" finally seems to be breaking down and a review of which PPE officers carry needs to be carried out. I'm happy to carry a Taser - still able to confront most people, even those carrying firearms, but without your career and life on hold when you actually do discharge it.

That said, even if Tasers or firearms were issued to every officer, some forces wouldn't be able to pay for the equipment or training anyway!

http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/news/s/204/204375_200_police_jobs_face_axe.html

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Comments:
I too hope she makes a full & speedy recovery.

Tasers and better body armour (fitting or ballistic grade) as essential. Gimme a hand gun any day, however I can see the training regime now. Re-train every 5 minutes, then the death by cop trials..
 
Man, I still can't believe you guys are out there without firearms. I've never had to use mine, but I've had to pull it out a good number of times.
 
Dave, I think the thing is in the States they never really trusted their cops, and here we always used to. But since we got armed reponse teams here, there have been a spate of incidents that have made the public much less likely than before to trust more police with guns.
The other side of the coin is that it escalates gun use, which our government has ignored, after a stupid "banning" law in 97. The answer is probably to bring back the death penalty - or life without the option, one strike and you're out - for the use of a gun in the commission of any crime. I should think that would do it.
 
Problem is that hoary old chestnut "Might as well hang for a sheep as a Lamb" So to avoid capture the offender would, or may be more likely to use the weapon that was originally only carried for effect rather than use.

I do however agree that the banning was foolish in the extreme, Any law made on the back of a disaster is likely to fail We didn't learn from from the dangerous dogs act did we?

The fact that the Police got involved in the decision making process in a public manner I found distasteful and undignified.

A situation that I fear has escalated beyond reason since the advent of NU-Labor. There are too many "on message" senior officers speaking, out a luxury denied those that actually know what is going on and thus able to expose the reality... people such as "Dave Copperfield"

Many times, the call for the reintroduction of the death penalty has been knocked back, and with the advent of the Human Rights Act we are never likely to see its resurrection.

Arm the Police ...... Well as distasteful and frightening as I find the idea it may come to that. Before a decision is made though you would have to ask yourself the question "Would you be happy with a PCSO carrying a lethal weapon?"
Because it is these 'cheap' officers, that will be doing the 'Hi Vis' daily Policing that we are used to, in the near future.

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys"

I sincerely hope that I have not offended anyone with this post as that was not my intention.
 
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