I am Old School, a Traditionalist, and I make no apology for that.
In my heart we would be policed in the old-fashioned way, a truncheon, a whistle and a cape. However, in my head I know that is no longer possible.
I detest the idea of arming the Police, it’s not how things should be, not how the British Police operate, but life is not that simple any more.
My head is telling me that ALL Front Line officers should be routinely armed, and a proscribed percentage of Middle Office and Back Office offices should be trained and authorised. The world has changed, nothing we can do about that in the short-term. We are about 21,000 officers short on what we did have in 2010, the population is growing and terrorism has returned to the streets of Britain. Mainly England I agree but certainly not restricted to London alone. It could strike literally anywhere.
Faced with a knife or machete wielding terrorist or a suicide bomber we must rely on “Can you hang on a minute till the ARV gets here please?”
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