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    nice pics, why no guns?
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    OH how our british friends love to drive their police ambulances! J/k much love to anyone who wears a police badge without a gun. I understand your citicenry is not as armed as the US's are but still. Bad guys have guns everywhere you go and I wouldnt do the job without one.

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    Some of the most hideous striping in the entire world. Nice pics. Tough job over there in London. Even more so not being able to defend yourself against armed thugs. Hats off to all you who serve and protect Her Majestys Realm.
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    oh ya, did you ever run into devvo?
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    The police in mainland Britain usually have a vote
    every five or six years as to whether they would
    like to be routinely armed - in the last vote over
    80% voted against routinely carrying a firearm.

    They did however vote for an increase in the number
    of armed support units, with one in ten officers in
    London now armed, the police want to see all forces
    brought up to this level.

    The use of tasers is also to be increased and more frontline
    units are to be issued with tasers. The police are also
    exchanging CS Gas for Pepper Spray which does not affect
    tasers and can be used on animals.

    There are also much better lightweight protective vests
    being issued and more comprehensive self defence training.

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    As for the battenburg police livery - it is high
    visability during night and day - and has been
    tested by Home Office Scientists.

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    how do you run stationary radar in that?!?!?

    haha, they'll see you from around the corner in that thing.
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    “Heaven is where the police are English, the cooks are French,
    the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian
    and everything is organized by the Swiss.

    Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are English,
    the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss,
    and everything is organized by the Italians."

    German Police

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikido kid
    how do you run stationary radar in that?!?!?

    haha, they'll see you from around the corner in that thing.
    Speed Traps in the UK are often operated by
    private companies in unmarked vans.

    Speed Traps can call in police cars hidden further
    up roads in cases of excessive speed and the police
    use a variety of unmarked cars.







    Unmarked Police Car
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    UK - Speed Cameras







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    Very cool thread. Its neat to see some of the aspects of law enforcement outside of North America.

    Thanks.

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    Evo Police Pursuit Cars









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    Armed Response Vehicles patrol Britain's streets
    24 hours a day. ARV's usually have a crew of two
    officers (three in London) each armed with a
    Heckler and Koch 9mm Sub Machine Gun and
    a Glock Pistol.

    An armed officer stands beside a Police ARV

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    In his four years with S019, the Metropolitan Police
    Special Firearms Wing, Steve Collins has been in
    over a thousand contacts: that is gun battles, with
    Yardies; IRA gunmen; East End gangsters, such as
    the notorious Arifs and their hitmen; drug smugglers
    from South America and elsewhere; and lone gunmen
    who have simply gone berserk.

    A judge commending the bravery of Steve's team
    said, "If only the public knew the calibre of the men
    that protect them". S019 protects us from chaos
    and violence in London.

    These groups are expert in firearms operations in an
    urban environment - the SAS come to them for training.
    Collins gives the inside story of these operations, which
    we might otherwise only get to hear about when they
    make the headlines.
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    You guys have some killer vehicles!!! It is very cool to see these pictures. My question is this, Is the crime so bad in England that all of this is necessary, or are all of these for the most part, preventitive measures?? Keep the pics coming please!!
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    I think alot of the people in my department would give up their guns if we could have cars half as nice as the ones in these pictures. Our department relies on leasing our cars from the city (Baltimore) and everyone of our cars has to be shopped routinuely just to keep it barely running. Not to mention they look like we bought them used from a third world country.

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    The BMW's in the first few pictures are of Met Police Armed Response Vehicles. Easy to spot an armed vehicle if you look.
    The others are patrol and traffic vehicles.
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    Great thread and pics as well. I have a question though, if you get a "man with a gun" call, and you are closest, do you wait for armed units to respond first, or do you respond and try to safely get a handle on the situation until the armed units get there? For instance, you have a naked guy in the middle of the street, with a shotgun ( I've seen this first-hand ), what would the typical response be?

    I'd trade my CVPI for that BMW any day of the week. It's got a high CDI factor ( Chicks Dig It ).

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    The role for unarmed police is to attend, stopping a safe distance and report whats going on to other units attending. Set up cordons etc.



    On the subject of the Steve Collins book shown earlier, Steve now lives in Florida and works for some Firearm and Tactics Training Company. His book is OK but not totally accurate as some of the operations he talks about happened before he joined the department. A good book about the work of the Armed Response Vehicle Crews in London (not the same as Steve's book which was about the SFO Teams, the next step up from ARVs) is The Trojan Files by Roger Gray. Told in a more reserved style.
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    Just a couple of more questions

    To be an armed unit, do you have to just qualify with the weapons, or do have to undergo a more serious level of training outside of just firearms? Where I'm at, it's in stages, there's us, then if things get crazy ( i.e. a barricade, or hostage situation ), we go to SWAT ( or as far as AZ is concerned, SOU ). Are your armed units your "SWAT team"? or is there a level even above them?

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    There are basically two types of armed officers
    those who qualify as Authorised Firearms Officers
    and who crew Armed Response Vehicles and Guard
    ports, airports, train stations etc etc and those
    who go on to become Specialist Firearms Officers,
    these are the more elite units equivalent to the
    US SWAT Teams - they are very highly trained.

    As for unarmed police they will do their best to
    contain a situation while they await an armed
    response vehicle or firearms team.

    Gun Crime Deaths are fairly low in the UK -
    there were 46 last Year.

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