Armed police on patrol

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5058
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent has asked who is responsible for authorising the police in London to be armed with machine guns while on patrol?

Answer

Answer for Armed police on patrol

Answer for Armed police on patrol

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Assistant Commissioner Specialist Crime & Operations provides the authorisation for issue and the carrying of firearms by MPS authorised firearms officers.

Some MPS authorised firearms officers are authorised to carry semi-automatic firearms or carbines. 

Firearms are only authorized when this is operationally necessary.