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REVEALED: British police may be forced to carry guns and tasers because of terror threats

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The Metropolitan Police Federation will be asking its members whether they would want to carry a gun or taser while on duty, weeks after police chiefs expressed their difficulty in recruiting firearms officers, but stressed that no action will be taken just yet.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’re asking our officers if they think they should be armed with tasers and firearms to get an informed opinion from them, so we can tell people what my colleagues are saying.

“If it comes back overwhelmingly that they all want to carry firearms, we would have to have a very frank discussion about that, but there is no intention as we speak, for that to happen.

“However if there was a major incident on mainland England, then I think that people’s opinions could change. The terrors, threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.”

Although the number of armed police will be boosted by 1,500 officers nationally, security officials believe Britain needs more to help protect the public from the possibility of a terror attack.

Last year, Scotland Yard announced plans to increase the number of armed police in the capital by 600, bringing the total to almost 3,000.

Conservative MP Philip Davies said it was very important for officers to make the final decision, as he said: “I would much rather the people who were armed in the UK were the police rather than the criminals.”

Within the survey, the 32,000 officers represented by the Federation will also be asked if they will be “happy” to be armed on duty.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, a charity that supports the bereaved relatives of police officers killed in action, said they would “welcome any measures that would help the police protect the public and keep themselves from harm”.

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Phillip Davies, a conservative MP said he would rather police carry weapons than terrorists

But a Scotland Yard spokesman said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with their force because “the position of the Met and the Commissioner is clear”.

The spokesman added: “We are proud to maintain the tradition that police in this country are not routinely armed. The routine arming of the Metropolitan Police is not supported.

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German and Brazilian police are among others, required to carry weapons

“About 92 per cent of the service is unarmed and armed policing is delivered by highly-trained specialist unit. There is no plan to seek to change this.”

Police officers in the US, France, Germany and Brazil are a within many countries who are required to carry weapons whilst on duty.

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