London Gets 600 More Armed Police to Combat Terrorism

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's Metropolitan Police force will soon have 600 more armed officers hanging around train stations with things that look like -- and oh my god actually are -- guns.

That's a 25 per cent increase in armed police numbers, and will bring the number of coppers officially licensed to look intimidating to 2,800 once the recruitment and training processes are complete.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "It will be an expensive option, but is vital to keeping us safe. My firearms officers are our heroes -- we expect them to run towards a terrorist attack and take action to confront and stop that threat."

"By increasing the number of armed response vehicle officers we have we can make sure that our firearms response continues to come from a group of highly specialist and highly skilled officers," he added, referencing the Paris terror attacks throughout his plea for more men, as if he's sure that London's going to be next on the international terror hitlist. [BBC]

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