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Police: Firearms

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on police rules of engagement with firearms. (138803)

There have been no recent discussions. Operational tactics when using firearms are a matter for the police and the use of firearms is governed by ACPO guidelines. Once authorised to use firearms, it is for the individual officer to ensure they act within the law. The Criminal Law Act 1967 provides that the police may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances to effect an arrest or to prevent crime.