Most British police officers (except in Northern Ireland) are not routinely armed. Instead, they rely on specially trained Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) to attend incidents where firearms are necessary. Specialist Firearms Officers are usually trained to a higher standard than AFOs, because they are likely to be required to enter besieged premises. The vast majority of firearms used by British police are semi-automatic. The most common firearms employed by British armed units are the Glock 17 9mm pistol, the Heckler and Koch (H&K) MP5SF 9mm (single fire) carbine and the H&K G36C (single fire) 5.56mm carbine. Walther P99 - carried by Nottinghamshire Police AFOs.
In the meantime, funding should go into recruiting more officers and getting more vehicles, etc for police. Funding for military equipment is not necessary as there are higher agencies that have the training, skills and equipment for extreme situations. Police liaise with these agencies anyway.
Yes, but with deep and strict training on when to use the equipment, in extreme situations and when other means of resolving the situation has been exhausted. Furthermore, lots of oversight needs to be put in place to ensure usage of equipment was justified. Body armour is exempt. This would be in relation to weapons such as firearms, tear gas, riot gear etc
I don't think that using military equipment would help situations it could heighten it and make others fight back. The police should be role models to citizens showing that violence should only be used in extreme situations.
yes, but only with special training and in response to things like armed gunmen and terrorists, and as a last resort, used on a basis like the air ambulance than a normal police unit e.g. called in by the regular units when they need them, and with a massive amount of paperwork attached.
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