Police Officer shot dead

#3
not good :( can we not stick all these mindless people on a plane with their guns and knives then dump them in basra?

interesting to see how long they would last..
 
#4
Terrible, Terrible news. I felt sick when I heard the first reports on the news this morning. My prayers and thoughts to his family and friends. The Police today have a thankless job, and don't get the respect from society that they deserve.
 
#5
Once the policeman is dead the gunman knows suicide is his main option.....an armed policeman would have spared him the choice of being a suicidal murderer
 
#7
No police officer should have to die while carrying out his or her duty.

RIP and condolences to family and friends
 
#8
Voyager said:
Once the policeman is dead the gunman knows suicide is his main option.....an armed policeman would have spared him the choice of being a suicidal murderer
RIP

A dreadful - perhaps avoidable - tragedy, to judge from all available news info.

I have unlimited admiration for those who police the UK in the current climate. No other nation's police could do it better, or even come close.

But this incident is certainly not a good argument for the routine arming of police in GB.
 
#9
Another tragedy on our streets R.I.P
 
#10
RIP, thoughts with the Family....

But this incident is certainly not a good argument for the routine arming of police in GB.
Couldn't agree more, hope there is no 'knee jerk' reaction over this terrible incident.
 
#15
RIP.

There will never be a fully-armed police force in this country. The majority of coppers do not wish to carry firearms.

Therefor, sadly, incidents like this are inevitible; even more Armed Response units would not prevent some poor, unarmed copper being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A compromise might be possible: allow any police officer who feels he needs to carry a firearm and who can pass the tests/training, to do so. So a "normal" copper, rather than a member of an elite/specialist unit, would be able to carry a firearm as part of his/her normal duties.

It's a dangerous job, and getting more so every year. So police officers must be allowed to protect themselves in anyway the deem necessary.

Or how can we expect them to protect us?
 
#16
FrankCastle said:
RIP.

There will never be a fully-armed police force in this country. The majority of coppers do not wish to carry firearms.

Correct. The vast majority.

Therefor, sadly, incidents like this are inevitible; even more Armed Response units would not prevent some poor, unarmed copper being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

No accident, from news reports so far.

A compromise might be possible: allow any police officer who feels he needs to carry a firearm and who can pass the tests/training, to do so. So a "normal" copper, rather than a member of an elite/specialist unit, would be able to carry a firearm as part of his/her normal duties.

That kind of freedom of individual officer choice would never be accepted by today's chief constables or politicians.

It's a dangerous job, and getting more so every year. So police officers must be allowed to protect themselves in anyway the deem necessary.

Such a move would effectively split all police-forces into two cadres, armed and unarmed, with clear need for separate types of training and deployments for each. A two-tier system would quickly evolve, doing no-one any favours - including the public.

Or how can we expect them to protect us?

By and large, they do it astonishingly well. Unarmed. Which is how they should remain, IMHO. This is not France, or (dear God) America.
 
#18
No it's not France or America. But niether is it the country it once was.

Something like half a dozen police officers have been murdered on duty in the last 4 years(I stand by to be corrected). Violent crime, especiallyu gun crime is more prevailent and the police must adapt to deal with it.

Better a two-tier system than more dead coppers and civilians.

As fo the politicans, I'm tempted to borrow a line from on the Das Governator's movies:
"Shoot them first".
 
#19
A sad start to the day. Rest in Peace Constable, thoughts as always with family and friends.
 

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