Armed police team/CO19

#1
was wondering if anyone had information on armed police teams/CO19

basically I was curious about their training, duties etc. Do they deal with just firearm incidents or do they get called upon to deal with other incidents?
and do they train in hostage rescues? I saw a tv show a couple of years back where it showed CO19 (I think) during a hostage rescue. I may be mistaken though.
any information would be good lads. thanks
 
#4
Try policeuk.com they may know a bit more about it than an Army forum which, although it has a Navy and an RAF board, has not yet plumbed the depths of civ plod.
 
#5
Are they CO19 now? I knew them as SO19. Anyway, I'm getting confused. I do know that they have to bite the head off of a live kitten as part of their initiation. Beyond that I know nothing about them.

Specialist Firearms Command - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A quick look on the Wiki has just informed me they went from SO19 to CO19 as part of a larger Metropolitan cost cutting measure as 'C' is a more commonly found letter than 'S'.
 
#6
Are they CO19 now? I knew them as SO19. Anyway, I'm getting confused. I do know that they have to bite the head off of a live kitten as part of their initiation. Beyond that I know nothing about them.

Specialist Firearms Command - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A quick look on the Wiki has just informed me they went from SO19 to CO19 as part of a larger Metropolitan cost cutting measure as 'C' is a more commonly found letter than 'S'.
The Old Bill get confused with the Central/Special thing too. The Diplomatic blokes (recently re-located kicking and screaming to Fulham) are now CO16 but have SO on calling cards. BTW they are the plod who cut about in the red cars.

It was CO16 and CO19 who had a shooting competition at Mark Saunders' house in Markham Square.
 
#7
basically I was curious about their training, duties etc. Do they deal with just firearm incidents or do they get called upon to deal with other incidents?
and do they train in hostage rescues? I saw a tv show a couple of years back where it showed CO19 (I think) during a hostage rescue. I may be mistaken though.
any information would be good lads. thanks
it all depends if they see somone in danger or acting like a tool and have nothing to do they'll often detain them and hand ovr to other officers to do the nicking so limited paperwork

yes they do train for rapid intervention and hostage rescues and do non terrorist ones on a regular basis (robberys gone wrong, kidnappings, nutters)
 
#8
Try reading a book called The Good Guys Wear Black. It's a dreadfully written piece of sub-Chris McNab, but may be what you're after.
 
#9
You nned to find some bloke on here called "TROPPER" he trains these lads while on leave from "them" in the boatshed.
 
#11
Try reading a book called The Good Guys Wear Black. It's a dreadfully written piece of sub-Chris McNab, but may be what you're after.
bit unfair both of steves books are based on his 5k+ firearms operations dealing with everything from terrorist bombers to escaped Broadmoor types

Good guys wear black & Glory boys by Steve Collins
Trojan Files by Roger Gray (Grey) not sure on spelling
Gun Law by some manc bloke whos name escapes me

all worth a read and give a decent insight into the subject
 
#12
You nned to find some bloke on here called "TROPPER" he trains these lads while on leave from "them" in the boatshed.
Tropper invented firearms and boatsheds. He also invented Wild Bean cafe's where you'll find SO19 types hanging around wearing their ridiculous blue trousers.
 
#13
There are 43 police forces in the UK including METPOL most of them have an operational FRU (Firearms Response Unit). Not to be confused with Firearms Licensing which deal with firearms / shotguns certificates.

This document may be of interest to you:-

http://www.westmercia.police.uk/ass.../wmp__1252486699_Manual_of_Guidance_Police_Us

Chippy Scot mode activated. Ahem,

Actually, there are 52 police forces in the United Kingdom (43 England and Wales, 8 Scotland and the PSNI, more if you include others like CNC, MOD and BTP)

CS De-activated. Carry on...
 
#15
surely 9 if you count SCDEA
 
#16
Yes you are correct had a few to many tonight and here they are:-

ACPO London Region
City of London Police
Metropolitan Police Service
ACPO Eastern Region
Bedfordshire Police
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Essex Police
Hertfordshire Constabulary
Norfolk Constabulary
Suffolk Constabulary
ACPO South East Region
Hampshire Constabulary
Kent Police
Surrey Police
Sussex Police
Thames Valley Police
ACPO South West Region
Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Devon & Cornwall Constabulary
Dorset Police
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Wiltshire Constabulary
ACPO East Midlands Region
Derbyshire Constabulary
Leicestershire Constabulary
Lincolnshire Police
Northamptonshire Police
Nottinghamshire Police
ACPO West Midlands Region
Staffordshire Police
Warwickshire Police
West Mercia Constabulary
West Midlands Police
ACPO North East Region
Cleveland Police
Durham Constabulary
Humberside Police
North Yorkshire Police
Northumbria Police
South Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police
ACPO North West Region
Cheshire Constabulary
Cumbria Constabulary
Greater Manchester Police
Merseyside Police
Lancashire Constabulary
Police Service of Northern Ireland
ACPO Wales Region
Dyfed Powys Police - Heddlu Dyfed Powys / Heddlu Dyfed Powys
Gwent Police - Heddlu Gwent / Heddlu Gwent
North Wales Police - Heddlu Gogledd Cymru / Heddlu Gogledd Cymru
South Wales Police - Heddlu De Cymru / Heddlu De Cymru
ACPO(S) Scotland Region
Central Scotland Police
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary
Fife Constabulary
Grampian Police
Lothian and Borders Police
Northern Constabulary
Strathclyde Police
Tayside Police
UK Non Geographic
British Transport Police
Central Motorway Policing Group
Civil Nuclear Constabulary (formerly UKAEA Constabulary)
Ministry of Defence Police
Port of Dover Police
Port of Liverpool Police
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency
 

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#18
Not to be confused with Firearms Licensing which deal with firearms / shotguns certificates.]
Just to confuse the matter further, my local licensing plodders come under CO19. I assume this means that all London licensing or firearms enquiry team filth are part of CO19.
 
#19
bit unfair both of steves books are based on his 5k+ firearms operations dealing with everything from terrorist bombers to escaped Broadmoor types

Good guys wear black & Glory boys by Steve Collins
Trojan Files by Roger Gray (Grey) not sure on spelling
Gun Law by some manc bloke whos name escapes me

all worth a read and give a decent insight into the subject
Agree. I thoroughly enjoyed Good Guys Wear Black even though I'm not, have never been and will never be a copper. Just like 99% of arrse reading books on the British Army.
 
#20
bit unfair both of steves books are based on his 5k+ firearms operations dealing with everything from terrorist bombers to escaped Broadmoor types
Not saying he didn't do all these things, but a writer he ain't. IIRC it come out not long after B20 & almost came across as if someone had been challenged to write Dixon of Dock Green in the style of Andy Ryan. Everyone had silly nicknames like "Mr Pastry" (cf "Johnny Two Combs") & there was lots of "THUD!" and "CRASH!" in the text.

Saying that I quite enjoyed it, but it was read on radio stag & pass on number, not one for revisiting.
 

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