Police Change Rules of Engagement For Tackling Westminster-Style Vehicle Attacks

By James O Malley on at

Armed police are now being told to shoot through the windscreens of vehicles in order to prevent terrorist attacks, following new instructions from the National Police Chief's Council.

According to The Guardian this is different from previous orders, which used to be that officers should avoid shooting someone behind the wheel, lest their vehicle go out of control and cause more damage that way.

The reason for the change is pretty obvious: As we have seen with last month's terrorist attack in Westminster and a number of similar attacks around the world, such as in Berlin and Nice, terrorists are now using cars and lorries to plough into pedestrians.

"If the vehicle’s being used as a weapon in the first place there aren’t many tactics available in relation to stopping it, particularly a very large lorry", the NPCC's lead Simon Chesterman is quoted as saying. Apparently the challenge given this change is now supplying officers with the right sort of ammunition, which can penetrate glass without deflection.

The Graun also reports that there is currently a bit of a recruitment drive for more armed officers. So if you ever fancy applying the same sort of vehicular combat tactics you previously used in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, now could be your chance. [The Guardian]