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Almost half of Met Police officers want more firearms specialists – poll

By DPF Admin14th February 2017August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

Almost half of Metropolitan Police officers believe there should be more specialist firearms officers, according to a staff survey.

However, the poll of almost 11,000 officers indicates that there is little support across the force's ranks for routinely carrying guns while on duty.

Most police personnel in the UK are unarmed but the question of whether officers should carry guns as a matter of course has come under scrutiny again after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Last year, Scotland Yard announced plans to increase the number of firearms officers on hand to protect the capital by 600 in the wake of the Paris attacks in November 2015.

According to the Met Police Federation's questionnaire, only 6% of those polled believe there is currently an “adequate” quantity of gun-carrying officers in London.

Almost half of respondents (43.6%) think there should be more specialist firearms officers in the Met, but not all officers should be routinely armed.

One in four (26%) said they believe all police officers should be routinely armed, while 12% said they would not carry a firearm on duty under any circumstances.

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