British police still shun guns despite Paris attacks

More armed police are to be deployed in London after the Paris attacks, but the move is unlikely to herald a shift toward providing weapons to most officersMore armed police are to be deployed in London after the Paris attacks, but the move is unlikely to herald a shift toward providing weapons to most officers in the largely unarmed British force, experts said. Britain is proud of being one of few countries where police usually do not carry guns, and the sight of heavily armed counter-terrorism police officers in recent days is a highly unusual one for many people. While the image abroad of “bobbies on the beat” wearing tall hats and carrying little more than a truncheon and handcuffs is outdated, currently only 2,000 of the capital’s 32,000 officers are armed.

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