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    Officer Saved by Body Armour

    Officers who went to arrest a man were then confronted by him with a gun.

    As the officers(unarmed) withdrew one was shot. Thankfully his body armour seems to have saved him from serious injury.

    BBC News - Officer shot in Kirkheaton siege saved by body armour#

    It is only in the last few years that UK officers have routinely worn body armour, It is compulsory for most now.
    Our armour is designed more to protect against bladed instruments(our biggest threat), thankfully they do also have some ballistic properties.
    Glad the officer was able to make it home.
    The offender made his choice.
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    Glad to see officers understood that choice and responded accordingly. Rule #1 enforced.
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    Thank God the officer survived.

    He said that after answering the door the man had produced a gun, threatened the officers and told them to leave his premises, which they did.

    The chief constable said that as the officers were leaving the property, the man, who he said had a "history of violence", then opened fire.
    But, please help me understand why not all "street patrol" officers in the UK are not armed. I believe I can speak for all LEO's in the US, we wouldn't think of reporting for duty without a duty weapon. Sometimes more than one.
    As today's police officers you are not unlike your counterparts of years past. You are an elite group of select members, a brotherhood of highly trained professionals, who are called upon to protect your community in a time of need. Guardians for safety. Being a police officer is not for the faint of heart. You must be honest, trustworthy and fearless in the face of evil. You are being watched everyday. Represent yourself, your department and the shield, for it should always be the embodiment of all that is good and justly. You are the thin blue line. Be proud, be tough and be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    Officers who went to arrest a man were then confronted by him with a gun.

    As the officers(unarmed) withdrew one was shot. Thankfully his body armour seems to have saved him from serious injury.

    BBC News - Officer shot in Kirkheaton siege saved by body armour#

    It is only in the last few years that UK officers have routinely worn body armour, It is compulsory for most now.
    Our armour is designed more to protect against bladed instruments(our biggest threat), thankfully they do also have some ballistic properties.
    Glad the officer was able to make it home.
    The offender made his choice.
    I was on a job once where the suspect tripped at the exact instant he was fired at, and at the exact moment another officer arrived from round a corner, the other side of the suspect. Two rounds from an MP5 hit poor old Giles smack in the chest. He never mentioned he'd been hit until the bad guy was cuffed and away.

    Had two stupendous bruises, which after a couple of days changed to one huge bruise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42 View Post

    Had two stupendous bruises, which after a couple of days changed to one huge bruise.

    Beats the hell out of the alternative. Glad the officer in the recent case was smart enough to wear his vest. Let that be a lesson to all you "Bobbies" who feel you don't have to wear a vest because you live in a "civilize" country. By the way ballistic vests have also been known to lesson injuries from blunt force trama. I had a suspect hit me in the back with a board while I was fighting and handcuffing his buddy and I bearly felt it.
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    Too bad the cowardly gunman backed-down when confronted by a greater force. My hat is off to you guys, going unarmed in situations where it would be unthinkable to do so here.
    For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.

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    I can only assume there was no idea that he had any firearms as we normally check to see if we know we are going to make an arrest.(unless it is illegally held of course!)
    If the threats they went to investigate suggested a firearm then it would be armed officers responding. Although it would take about 10 hours and a number of meetings to organise it! Actually it's not that bad..all the time.

    As for your incident Trojan. Well with a name like "Giles" guess he had it coming. Did he have silver spoon inserts in his body armour?
    I probably do him a great diservice, oh well.
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    Nah, Giles was a bigger yob than me. Although, now you mention it, he did play a lot of cricket....................... ..........................
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