- However - it does seem that "nearly half" of 'The Met's 48,661 officers (not counting 3,271 part-time 'Specials') are in favor of more of their ranks being permanently armed.
- Looking at that survey from the other direction - this means that a majority actually oppose further arming.
Either way - the UK papers have announced "600 more SFOs" (Special Firearms Officers).
London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has stated “We will see more armed officers on our streets, but there is no reason to be alarmed. All of our police officers are playing their part and working closely with all of our communities to prevent the possibility of an attack.”
The "Boys in Blue" Have Changed To Grey.
Englands Famous Unarmed Force.
It seems that SFOs will be well trained & vetted for special operations - but they are expecting a delay of more than two years before full deployment.**
- And the numbers involved seems to be in question - with the Police Federation Chairman reporting 1,500 extra officer recruits.
** This suggests the same "political scam" as is used here - of claiming a solution by announcing a future incremental improvement long before it becomes reality.
- something like telling a starving crowd that "There'll be bread and soup tomorrow".