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Should all police be armed?

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Message 81 - posted by U4357578, May 7, 2007

Here's an interesting one.

Research carried out by the Police Federation for England and Wales last year found 40,000 officers had been faced with a knife, and 7,000 threatened with a gun, during the previous two years.
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Message 82 - posted by U2836684, May 7, 2007

True story.


My eldest son who is thirteen wants to be a police officer and has wanted to be one for the past five years.

A few years ago i encouraged it,but in the current climate i worry.

daughter wants to be a paramedic.

and my youngest daughter wants to be cinderella.
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Message 83 - posted by Banned - alt id 13, May 7, 2007

well nozza mate at least you are english like me

peace to yer mate our country is being beseiged
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Message 84 - posted by U4357578, May 7, 2007

Norant. I had a colleague that was fed up with rolling around on the floor with prisoners and decided to retrain as a paramedic.

He was assaulted more often than when he was a prison officer.

The police is still a good option but one of the specialisms rather than on the beat (no offence to beat officers intended but friends tell me that it's rather stressful).

Cinderella....tell her to look out for those ugly sisters. Fore warned is fore armed;)
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Message 85 - posted by thebinarysurfer, Jul 3, 2007

1950sman - I agree fully.

A good start would be dual-purpose stabvests that are actually bulletproof (the current ones aren't against anything beyond a high-powered airgun, often not even that!), and stabvests that actually cover most of the torso's critical locations (the design of the current ones means that the underarms and waist are woefully exposed if the officer does not have his arms down by his sides - again this is first-hand experience as i used to do weapon vs baton training reguarly with several serving officers in full kit and could strike the underarm with relative ease).

Another reason they shouldn't be universally armed:
<>In the US/Canada the average beat cop gets just 6 weeks of training before being given a 9mm semi-automatic pistol each.

<>In the UK note that the officers in the Armed Response Units typically have at least 3-4 years experience before they can even apply (often more to get accepted) to the ARU's.

Thats why we have such a low number of officer-related shootings and when you see an armed officer, you can be confident he is a professional who knows not only HOW but WHEN to use his weapon. I can only recall one proven wrongful shooting in the UK in the last year - compare this to the US - New York had 11 wrongful shootings by police officers last year let alone the rest of the US!
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Message 86 - posted by recoo0, Aug 28, 2007

armed police in england is the worst idea possible. it would be a disaster. think of the worry u have going to america with all those guns about. then place that in our small country where firey incidents happen all the time.
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Message 87 - posted by pompomwhiting, Aug 28, 2007

Makes no difference to Pom. Won't respect them anyway. If she wants to know the way she asks a villain.
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Message 88 - posted by patsy, Aug 28, 2007

Pom,
How on earth do you know that they are villains?
Do they have 'Villain' tatooed on their forehead?? <yikes>

If she wants to know the way she asks a villain.

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Message 89 - posted by Alan Amp, Aug 28, 2007

Look what happened to Bonnie and Clyde .If they had been given an ASBO. They might have been alive today.
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Message 90 - posted by U8259068, Aug 28, 2007

Makes no difference to Pom. Won't respect them anyway. If she wants to know the way she asks a villain.

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Pom

Sometimes(?) you type utter crap!
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