Armed police officers

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much does it cost the Metropolitan Police Service to initially train a firearms officer and what is the timescale for this training?


Answer for Armed police officers

Answer for Armed police officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are a variety of firearms training courses from initial basic training to much more advanced specialist skills. There are also specific strategic and tactical command courses.

The initial training for a basic firearms officer lasts 4 weeks and costs the MPS £4,671.

The initial training for an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officer lasts 9 weeks and costs the MPS £12,705.

All of these costs are variable, based on whether an officer is successful in their training or needs further development on another firearms course.