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Northumbria police criticised over ‘smiling’ armed officers

By DPF Admin13th December 2016August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

Images posted on social media of armed officers smiling and posing with members of the public have attracted thousands of comments, many critical.

In November Northumbria police announced increased numbers of firearms officers on patrol, and invited people with concerns to “chat” with them.


Critics said they did not want to see armed officers at Christmas events and it made people feel uncomfortable

A force spokesman said the officers were there to “protect and reassure”.

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