Armed Police are just regular cops with guns, they volunteer to carry the gun and do not get paid extra for the risk they face when they pull the trigger.
They are the ones that run into danger with the risk that they won’t return home to their own families all because they want to save and protect others from death.
Armed officers are there at terrorist incidents and have killed active terrorists within seconds of jumping out the ARV.
They’ve risk everything to protect their own lives while protecting others. When I say they risk it all they put their own life at risk and then their own job and their own liberty at the hands of the criminal justice system.
Armed officers have just one second to decide if they are going to take a life or not, because one second later that armed officer could be the one who has his or her life taken.
Officers press their finger on the trigger, point the red dot on the torso hoping they won’t have to pull the trigger and begin shouting demands. At the moment that armed cop is hoping the weapon is thrown to one side,
They don’t want to have to shoot suspects or kill them. They are simply there to remove the risk and lock up the bad guy. They never want to be in that situation but it happens.
Sometimes and very rarely that weapon isn’t thrown aside despite the officers wish and what goes through his or her mind will be the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do that officer has one second to decide, to let the trigger.
A simple choice that the offender has made in which he was very much in control of has changed both lives forever instead of jail there is now a funeral and the officer that let go of that trigger will face a grilling in the press & face investigation with the possibility of criminal charges for simply doing a job.
Within hours of not knowing the true circumstances, the armchair police and keyboard warriors will have set in and completed investigation for the police. something we simply need to wait until the investigation is complete before we judge.
Police will only shoot at offenders in a very limited number of circumstances and that would be a terrorist or someone who is shot by officers to prevent a further loss of life.
That officer and armed response team did not leave the house this morning thinking I’m going to kill someone tonight.
That officer will have a number of sleepless nights and flashbacks knowing they have taken a life. something that isn’t easy to live with even in the circumstances faced.
Imagine the sad feeling that firearms officers face when they are faced with that split-second choice to pull the trigger.
Sometimes after hours of negotiations to reduce the risk and encourage the offender to give it up and not escalate things further, no one goes out to kill someone. Cops go out to help people after shooting they then offer life support in attempts to save the offenders life.
Those officers who pull the trigger are forced into that choice because within that second they knew they would have lost their lives and that will stay with them for the rest of theirs.
After that moment the officer will face investigation, interviews the IPCC and then inquests and possible legal action.
We must support our armed officers and not criticise the brilliant work they are doing day and night to keep us safe.
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