Sunday, November 20, 2005

Armed Officers in England

Our friends on the other side of the pond are looking to arm more of their officers. From The Observer:
Successive surveys show that 80 per cent of the police do not want to be routinely armed. However, this weekend the Association of Chief Police Officers has called for more armed response officers, and it is significant that even the rank and file now believe more police officers should be given firearms training. Next May, at its annual conference, the Police Federation, which represents some 130,000 officers, will debate the need to arm more officers for the first time in 13 years
With the constant threat of terrorism and a figure of 11,160 gun crimes committed last year in Britain, you would think they would all be begging to arm themselves. They are also looking to issue new lifesaving equipment like bullet-proof vests. (I can't believe they didn't already have these!)

The only effective protection against a gun is a gun with proper training on how and when to use it. Occasionally mistakes will be made, but the protection of the lives of peace officers is far more important. I hope the other 90% of unarmed officers figure out that the protection of a sidearm may be their only good defense.

Sidenote: Thanks to Rosemary for inviting me to blog with Love America First. It's truly an honor.