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Firearms officers

Criminals who use guns are rare in this country, so most police officers don't need to carry guns.

Unfortunately, there are times when we need to send armed police to an incident. Police officers who can carry guns are very highly trained, and are only allowed to draw their weapons in situations that would be even more dangerous otherwise.

For example, this could be where the police believe somebody has a gun, and is prepared to injure or kill people unless they are stopped.

In most situations, having armed police on the scene is enough to stop a criminal using a firearm or other weapon. So far, Thames Valley Police has only had to use a firearm against somebody once in its entire history.


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