Just heard this on BBC News; the idea has been put forward that it may be necessary for police to recruit soldiers on short-term contracts to carry out armed response duties. Bad idea for two reasons. 1: We barely have enough squaddies to do our own job, never mind plods. 2: Police are trained entirely differently to squaddies. Any squaddie would have to be re-trained in police firearm procedures, use of force etc. This may be the Decoy Principle; leak details of an idea so bad that your real proposal, which you reveal later. sounds much more reasonable.