Protecting the protectors

Bryant, R. and Leonard, V. (2016) Protecting the protectors. Police Professional.

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In this opinion piece we ask if, in light of significant changes in threat to the public, whether policies and guidelines surrounding a police Authorised Firearm Officer’s (AFOs) use of force should not be comprehensively debated and revised to provide more clarity in the light of changing circumstances.In our view it is important that a wider debate is also led by Parliament, has a wide arc of public consultation and results in clear guidance for AFOs and their commanders who, on our behalf, have to cope with life-threatening and traumatic situations. The responsibility for how armed policing operations unfold and conclude is unclear and rather than an open debate resulting in a clear and unequivocal set of principles enshrined in law we currently have what might be too easily viewed as a process of issue avoidance that allows police forces to accumulate large quantities of arms, train officers to high levels of proficiency to deal with a potent threat without clearly and unequivocally, telling them what the consequences of their actions following such a confrontation may be.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7551-8280.7 Police. Detectives. Constabulary
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
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Depositing User: Professor Robin Bryant
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 08:32
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 07:06

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