posted on Jul, 10 2010 @ 09:01 PM
Originally posted by ChrisF231
If they have it, they'll use it.
That's not true at all, despite what the media wants you to think well over 90% of US law enforcement officers go their entire careers without having
to shoot someone.
Should all UK police be armed? Yes, and ditto for all the remaining unarmed police forces left in the world (Irish Garda, Norwegian Police, Icelandic
Police, and the various British colonial and Commonwealth police forces).
Absolutely NOT. I disagree entirely. I am British and would not like to see UK Police with guns as a normal course of duty, any more than I would
like to see the Guards have guns here.
If they have it they will draw it, that you can be sure of. Whether they use it or not is a different matter. My son was Met Armed response up until a
year ago but is now on a career break, and I am ex as well - but many moons ago when a beat bobby was a beat bobby on a bike!
We don't need them. We also don't need Tazers and I think they should be banned as inhumane. What we need, not only in the UK but all countries, is
a bit more respect being taught in the schools and homes, not just for Police but for all adults, teachers etc - provided of course they earn it.
There are trained officers at stations, and they can be armed at the discretion of the Chief Constable.