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Started by mikeshadow on Nov 30, 2018 2:58:09 AM
Met Police considering armed foot patrols

Would this eventually lead to routinely arming all police officers?

The Metropolitan Police is considering deploying armed officers on foot patrols to prevent violence in areas "where gang activity is likely".

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick told a hearing the move would only be used in "extreme circumstances".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46385822

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GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2018 08:11:04 (#1 of 62)

First they run you over then they shoot you

AlanII - 30 Nov 2018 08:14:14 (#2 of 62)

They came for the acid throwing stolen moped muggers, and I did nothing…

Gotout - 30 Nov 2018 08:31:55 (#3 of 62)

Didn't you take a picture? That's the usual response.

Macpaddy - 30 Nov 2018 08:47:12 (#4 of 62)

Lot's of new selfie opportunities. Start with Britain's first deliberate police road kill body, now with the UK''s first gun toting street bobby's 'notch'.

nemo75 - 30 Nov 2018 08:49:05 (#5 of 62)

They came for the acid throwing stolen moped muggers, and I did nothing…

Ah. I see you took Col’s advice.

AlanII - 30 Nov 2018 08:59:01 (#6 of 62)

Heh.

Tripos - 30 Nov 2018 08:59:11 (#7 of 62)

From the header: The Metropolitan Police is considering deploying armed officers on foot patrols to prevent violence

FrankieTeardrop - 30 Nov 2018 09:16:30 (#8 of 62)

Haha #6

thePiMan - 30 Nov 2018 09:29:23 (#9 of 62)

There are alredy routinely armed officers patrolling in vehicles all over the country. What difference does it make if they're on foot?

There were a few of them foot-patrolling the christmas markets when I was in Manchester last weekend.

Agaliarept - 30 Nov 2018 09:31:17 (#10 of 62)

What difference does it make if they're on foot?

Gunz on display.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Nov 2018 09:32:14 (#11 of 62)

It makes a difference if they are on foot as they are a visible reassurance and a deterrent.

Then you strap a gun onto them.

mememe - 30 Nov 2018 09:32:47 (#12 of 62)

What difference does it make if they're on foot?

They're slower.

GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2018 09:34:47 (#13 of 62)

They sometimes have armed police with some kind of assault-rifle looking type of guns strolling in pairs around new street station.

It strikes me that a pair of homicidal maniacs could creep up behind them, clonk them on the head with something, seize their weapons, and open fire indiscriminately at the crowds.

FrankieTeardrop - 30 Nov 2018 09:36:37 (#14 of 62)

Probably be easier to get hold of guns through an illegal source, if you wanted to do that kind of thing.

darkhorse - 30 Nov 2018 09:39:06 (#15 of 62)

They need to issue them with Judge Dredd guns which self-destruct if the wrong person tries to use it.

https://goo.gl/images/1UZXPh

GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2018 09:40:23 (#16 of 62)

easier to get hold of guns through an illegal source



I'm not sure. I don't know any black market gun-runners, and I wouldn't know how to research the matter without bringing attention to myself. But I have ready access to things that I could clonk an armed policeman on the head with.

Agaliarept - 30 Nov 2018 09:42:36 (#17 of 62)

that I could clonk an armed policeman on the head with.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest armed ploice don't wander about thinking what they're going to have for tea later.

I'm sure they are pretty aware of their surroundings. You can't be the first person that's had this thought GT and yet there hasn't been a single instance of it happening.

Impedimenta - 30 Nov 2018 09:46:23 (#18 of 62)

Armed patrols at Kings Cross Station can be seen as there for the protection of everyone (let's leave aside whether they are effective in this). Opening fire on someone intent on carrying out a terror attack makes sense, from one point of view at least.

Armed patrols on the Northumberland Park Estate or at Edmonton Green (both areas blighted by gang violence) - what would they be there for? Would they open fire on gang members? Cos that will end super well.

mememe - 30 Nov 2018 09:48:54 (#19 of 62)

There are lots of soldiers on the streets here as a result of the apparently permanent state of emergency. The problem is they're not able to intervene without orders, so if your shop gets robbed, for example, or you get mugged, they can't actually do anything about it. This is causing consternation.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Nov 2018 09:52:51 (#20 of 62)

They're in pairs so you can't just clonk them, and the guns are strapped to their bodies. So while I think your plan isn't actually impossible, I do think it's fairly unlikely.

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