The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Firearm Blog Rifles
The Northumbria Police serves a population of around 1.5 million people and covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles in the North East of England.
Here you can see one of their “Firearms Officers” with a sniper rifle, over watching the runners on Tyne Bridge as the Half Marathon Great North Run progresses.
It’s sad to see that the UK Police have to call it a “Firearms Officer“, but my understanding is that carrying a firearm is something you volunteer to do as a Policeman in the UK. Please correct me if I’m wrong, or add information in the comments below.
According to Wikipedia the terms are: “Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) to attend incidents where firearms might be needed and Specialist Firearms Officers are usually trained to a higher standard than an AFO.”
With budgets being what they are these days, it’s interesting to see that…post was originally published on this site