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Youse lot must live in some rough old areas, its quite nice where I live and we only have 1 PCSO, she's very nice and pops in for a brew now and again... I think she's bored bless her. I believe she covers about 200 sq miles in her little landrover..
That, mate, has been the case for a long time. It is not just a case of buying around 1000 weapons for most county constabulary's.
- You need a dedicated fireram training facilty to be of a size sufficient enough to train new officers and annually re-classify existing officers - the average range at most forces is suitable for the needs of a specialist firearms unit and not day to day training.
- You would need to train and employ dedicted instructional officers moving them away from public facing roles.
- You would need armoury staff at every divisional location.
- On top of the 1000'ish weapons bought you need to buy enough spare weapons and spare parts to cope with servicing and maintenance requirements.