UK: ARMING THE POLICE: Metropolitan Police to get hundreds of extra armed officers

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"The Metropolitan police is to increase the number of its armed officers by 600, with a third on standby to respond to a mass terrorist attack.

"The Met’s commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said the initiative was a direct response to the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed by gunmen and suicide bombs across the French capital."

See: Met police adds 600 armed officers in response to Paris attacks (The Guardian, link) and: Met police to train 600 armed officers to counter terrorism (The Voice, link)

Meanwhile, an agreement has been reached between the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and regular police forces:

"Routinely armed police force the Civil Nuclear Contabulary (CNC) has entered into a collaboration with Home Office forces to provide firearms backup should chief contables request it.

The development comes after the force's second in command said an "armed surge capability" could be created to help protect the public in times of national emergency."

Police forces' collaboration agreement with routinely armed constabulary (Police Oracle, account required)

And see an analysis of policing across Europe amidst the media stigmatisation of poor, multicultural neighbourhoods: Policing with accountability or policing with impunity? (Institute of Race Relations, link)

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