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Armed Police in Northumbria set to increase armed officers by 50%

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Armed Police in Northumbria Police will be increasing by more than 50 percent to provide reassurance across the force area. 
 
Last year the Home Office said they would be giving a chosen number of UK police forces more than £140 million to increase their firearms capability.
 
The investment will help ensure the biggest cities in the country are can respond quickly to any threat and provide reassurance to its residents. 
 
Northumbria Police has already been proactive in having a highly visible armed presence at public events including the Sunderland Air Show, Tall Ships and Great North Run.
 
Now the force has confirmed they will be increasing the number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) by 50 per cent so they can maintain that visible presence around the force.
 
Chief Inspector Simon Hall, head of the Firearms Support Unit (FSU), said: “There is no specific intelligence to say that this region is going to be a target for any sort of terrorist activity, but we have the capability to respond quickly if we ever needed to.
 
“We are one of nine forces across the UK who has been provided with government funding to increase the number of our firearms officers and a 50 percent increase is a significant uplift.
 
“Our firearms officers have been very visible at events across the region this summer and they have been very well received by the public at places like the Sunderland Air Show, Tall Ships and the Great North Run.
 
“That policy is something that will continue and this uplift will ensure we have the officers available to fulfil that demand and help our communities living and working in the North East feel safe.”
 
Those joining the specially trained Firearms Support Unit (FSU) will be recruited internally from area commands and departments across the force as well as from other forces across the country.
 
An intensive training course is already well underway and the first group of new AFOs joined the existing team earlier this month. New recruits have to complete three years of service in the force before they can apply to become an AFO. 
 
Chief Inspector Hall, who has been part of the FSU for more than 10 years, added: “Our AFOs do not get paid any extra for being part of this unit. They do it voluntarily because they want to protect the people of Northumbria.
 
“Many of them are mothers and fathers and they make a commitment to put themselves in the most dangerous situations a police officer will have to face in their career just to ensure they can keep the public safe.
 
“I am immensely proud of every single member of my team and I’m proud to say that they are among the most talented firearms officers in the entire country.”
 

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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