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1 British policing and use of force Sgt Laura Heslop Sgt Richard Heslop West Yorkshire Police UK

2 Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, unarmed female police officers killed in Manchester England (17 Sept 2012)

3 Scope Comparative policing Questions about use of force in UK and U.S.A Questions about gun laws (and attitudes to firearms) in both countries

4 Comparative (international) policing

5 In contrast to policing in North America and across most of Europe, the vast majority of police officers in Britain do not carry lethal firearms. Indeed, for a heavily urbanised country of its population size the situation in Great Britain is probably unique.

6 United Kingdom of Great Britain England and Wales and Northern Ireland (43 police forces) Single police force NI and Scotland

7 Structure of UK Policing Single police force in both Northern Ireland and Scotland 43 Territorial police forces in England and Wales Small number of specialist and national policing agencies

8 Britain:facts and figures 134,100 officers in England and Wales Approx 5% carry firearms Three incidents in which police discharged conventional firearm in poll found 48% of public against arming the police Survey found 82% of rank and file officers did not want to be armed.

9 Britain Continued 648 homicides in involving firearms. Homicides per capita are 48 times fewer than in the USA

10 Britain: continued Trend is downwards. In firearms offences in England and Wales - 3% lower than previous 12 months.

11 Britain: firearms and public Stringent Firearms laws. No right to bear arms. Tight control of handguns in particular

12 Gun ownership and violence in U.S.A In % of Americans reported having a gun in their home Majority of gun-related deaths suicides: (17,352 in 2007) In 2009 of the 15,241 homicides in US 9,146 deaths were by firearms

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14 Questions/discussion


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