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British police could be ‘routinely armed’ to respond to terror threat in rural areas | The Independent

Number of armed response vehicles is up but around 100 more elite counter-terror officers are needed, chiefs say

Police officers could be routinely armed in parts of the UK to respond to terror attacks and major incidents, it has been revealed.

Police chiefs said the radical step is being considered for areas that cannot be reached quickly enough by dedicated armed response vehicles (ARVs), after it emerged that a government recruitment target has been missed.

The controversial prospect of arming officers in remote areas, or giving then easy access to guns, will be opposed by many and prompt concerns that core principles of British policing are being undermined.

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Sorgente: British police could be ‘routinely armed’ to respond to terror threat in rural areas | The Independent

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