http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7160045.stm The government claims that the numbers of armed officers is a local decision, determined by each CC. Is this the case, or does it; Have something to do with officers increasingly declining to carry firearms, for fear of being prosecuted for their actions. (Now that sounds familiar). Or is it simply that the UK Police Forces still don't really subscribe to armed officers in the Police Service and to a degree pay lip service to it. Interestingly in a recent poll conducted by the Police Federation, it found that 75% of serving officers do not wan't to be routinely armed and that a large number of them would think about a change in career, should the policy of routinely arming coppers be implimented. To my mind, in this day and age ALL police officers should carry firearms. The number of armed incidents is rising, (Despite what the government tells us). There was a recorded incident, in one small county force, where traffic officers, doubled up as firearms officers (In an apparent attempt to save money), who, whilst in the middle of dealing with a fatal RTC, had to up sticks, to respond to an armed incident. It also seems to me, that 20 years ago, we did not hear about deficiencies here, there and everywhere, or to that end, there seemed to be far less criticism of public servants such as the armed forces and the police. Is it a fact, that we are simply better informed, as a direct result of closer scrutiny in every aspect of UK life, where as before scrutiny did not exist? Or are things really starting to fall apart that much, that all we seem to hear in the media, is how bad everything is? To my mind, It would ne nice to hear about some positive things just for a change. Edited to add: I keep also hearing about the H&S gurus, who prevent police from entering 'dangerous situations' until armed officers are available, which is not only time consuming, it can also be down right dangerous for members of the public, who the police are there to serve. Whilst I do understand the life saving principle of, 'To help you need to be alive', if the police were armed, this would be less of an issue.