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Friday, 25 July 2014

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More use of armed officers in Cumbria reported

THE number of incidents which have seen police officers taking to the streets with guns has increased in Cumbria.

Figures released by the Home Office have revealed in Cumbria in 2012 to 2013 there were 93 incidents which led to police responding with firearms, up from 67 the previous year but down from 109 in 2010/2011.

Nationally, the number of incidents fell from 12,550 in 2011/12 to 10,996 last year – a fall of 14 per cent. The number of authorised firearms officers has fallen by 665 to 6,091.

Despite officers being sent to thousands of incidents nationwide, there were just three incidents where guns were fired in the UK last year, down from five in 2011/2012.

Nationally, the Metropolitan police used firearms the most with officers being deployed to 1,136 incidents, down from 3,563 in 2003/2004.

Firearms officers in Hertfordshire were deployed to just 47 incidents last year – which is the lowest number of incidents in the country.

Inspector Paul Telford, of the Cumbria police firearms operation unit, said he believes the low figures reflect the low crime levels in Cumbria.

He said: “The figures show that the number of incidents where the force has authorised the use of firearms is relatively low compared to other forces throughout the country.

“Firearms use is only authorised when there is violence or a threat of violence and officers need to protect others or themselves from serious harm. The force’s firearms use is governed by clear guidance and policy.

“Firearms use is only issued to selected and specially trained individuals, who undertake annual refresher training and are continually assessed for suitability.

“Its use is constantly monitored, and it continues to be a valuable tool in the protection of the public and police officers.”

Have your say

Time & time again we are told serious crime is down? It does not get more serious than weapons readily available on the streets of Cumbria, Including Furness! Just who are we supposed to believe & why cant we have the true facts about crime, Instead of having to put up with made up figures? No wonder there is a lack of trust from the public!

Posted by Wally! on 10 April 2014 at 20:55

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