Armed Police

The Most Lamentable Home Secretary Ever? An Open Letter To Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

How was it that on your watch, despite terrorist incidents across Europe and the world including the Nairobi Westgate Shopping Centre massacre and the Lee Rigby murder, all of which sent shudders through our police service, armed officer numbers declined. Even in 2015 with the Paris Charlie Hebdo atrocity and the massacre of mainly English nationals at Souse, you still sat on your hands as numbers of British armed police reduced still further.

Police Have Incredibly Cheery Riposte To Controversial Smiling Gun Photos

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK

A BBC report over a police force facing criticism for smiling while posing for pictures with guns has led to a rather unusual trend on social media. A...

There's A Big Catch About Those Extra Armed Police On London's Streets

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

A promise by the Metropolitan police chief and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to boost armed police numbers on London streets by several hundred could face s...

Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge, Munich: The UK's Emaciated Blue Line Braces

Chris Hobbs | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Chris Hobbs

Police across the United Kingdom have reacted with a mixture of sorrow, anger and a huge degree of foreboding to events in Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge and Munich. As each of these tragedies unfolded and as word reaches them of further incidents such as those at Wurzburg, Ansbach and now Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, they will be asking themselves: 'What if.'

A Six-Year Nightmare for Policing and Borders, And Now the Top Job? An Open Letter to Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Explain why, Home Secretary, that when you make your constant references to police transgressions, you don't balance this by referring to the fact that the number of officers involved are but an infinitesimal speck when set against the tens of thousands of officers who have served or are serving since the 1980s?

Denigrated and Vilified By Their Own Government, British Police Brace Themselves Post-Paris

Chris Hobbs | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

In London the simple fact is that the armed police 'jam' does not cover the slice of bread that is one of the world's major cities and does not even begin to lightly smear much of the loaf that is the UK. Meanwhile, the increase announced by the government in the numbers of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ officers together with increased funding is a bittersweet pill for struggling police officers on the front line to swallow...

Sousse, Cameron's 'Back the Police' and Embittered UK Law Enforcement

Chris Hobbs | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Doubtless when the worst happens, be it in weeks, months or years, we'll again have to suffer crocodile tears and bold statements from a government that will nevertheless be held responsible by the front line law enforcement community for its failures, as set out above.

Armed Police

Mike Pannett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Mike Pannett

The Times and Telegraph both spookily comment on the 'Americanisation' of our traditional way of policing, and I'm sorry, but that's just plain daft. In perspective there are a mere handful of armed response crews out and about on patrol in the UK, and this bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to any US policing model.

British Is Best? Don't Believe the Hype...

Julian Constable | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Julian Constable

The argument trotted out by the supporters of the British model is that the British police are unique in the world because of its origin in British history, that they exist because of the 'will of the people', that they are the 'best in the world', that this is shown by the affection that the people have for them and that this is seen in the absence of weapons.

Police Shot Shotgun Man Three Times | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK

A man who is in a critical condition in hospital had been shot three times by police officers following a six-hour stand-off in a quiet seaside town. ...

Our Police Should Not be Routinely Armed

Bob Morgan | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK
Bob Morgan

If we sent out thousands of Officers with firearms more of them would be put in situations where they have to decide to use them or not - late at night when they are tired when something in some ones hand might be a gun or might not be. This would surely lead to more people being shot even with the bets of training!

Arming The Police Would Be A Step In The Wrong Direction

Baroness Jones | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

The tragic deaths of two unarmed policewomen in Manchester yesterday will inevitably lead to calls from some quarters for on-duty police in the UK to be armed. But before we pursue such a course of action, we need a proper examination of the facts.