According to Ian Blair, one of the effects of the Met losing the Health and Safety case is that UK police will have to increase the number of Armed Officers by 400% to ensure there is enough armed coppers to cover/respond to any potential operation in the future. The problem is: where are the extra officers going to come from? There are barely enough to go around as it is without hundreds more being moved from "normal" policing to Armed Response. The other problem, of course, is that not all police officers are capable of carrying out Armed duties. Indeed, many would not want to. Police officers are not obligated under the terms of their contracts to carry firearms. One cannot simply draft them into new Armed units. Any ideas?