******* idiots, I agree with the earlier comment, you would think that after the Manchester RIP debacle they would be a bit sharper. Truth is every one fucks about, god forbid they sack every soldier who swears or does somthing distastful on you tube video's.
There is no demotion though if they are PC's they will stay PC's, they will lose a bit of cash but again not much, get moved back to core shift. The big issue for them is loss of face (or arse) they will have had a few quid spent on them and a few hundred hours of training to get them to a point where they are Firearms officers, quite a bit by the looks of the kit they are carrying, all wasted, it bloody annoyed me when I was a serving instuctor and it annoys me now.
These officers are not 'demoted' in the conventional sense. You don't get paid more for being a specialist. So it seems that they've been removed from firearms duties. Complete over-reaction. You can't instantly replace the years of training and experience that these two have.
Yes, they are a couple of complete tools. Utter cocks. Discipline them so that it cost them money and goes on their P file, but moving them is just an expensive kneegerk reaction, which helps no one.
Old family friend of ours worked with CO19 or CO18 or whoever the fck it is who carries guns, he joked that if the police ever said "stop or we'll shoot" in real life you'd be better off running as they couldn't hit a stationary target let alone one running away