Retired firearms officers

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Police Firearms Officers Association has suggested that retired firearms officers should be sworn in as special constables so that they could provide immediate back-up to police officers in the event of a national emergency where a large armed response is required. What considerations have you and the Metropolitan Police Service made of these proposals, and would you consider introducing such a scheme in London?


Answer for Retired firearms officers

Answer for Retired firearms officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS and I welcome any volunteers to become specials from amongst departing police officers.

The MPS Firearms Command, supported by other specialist armed commands, provides a highly trained and equipped response to keep Londoners safe, and does not currently have an operational need to maintain reserve officers in the manner you suggest.

The proposals from the Police Firearms Officers Association, including the number of firearms officers, tactics, training and equipment are regularly tested and kept under active review - including by last week's counter terrorism exercise (Operation Strong Tower).