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Kent Police Federation chief insists there must be a public debate before routinely arming officers across country

By DPF Admin10th January 2017August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

A Kent police chief says there are no plans to routinely arm officers around the county and insists a public debate would have to be held before such a move was made.

It comes after the Metropolitan Police Federation launched a survey among members asking if they wanted to carry guns and tasers in a bid to combat the threat of terrorism.

Last year Kent Police promised to recruit an extra 24 firearms officers and increased its presence around key locations such as Bluewater, the Port of Dover and Canterbury city centre.

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