LONDON - 2005 - ARMED POLICE

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    This was in London England just before the second terrorist attack on the underground. It seemed so wierd for a place where police usually don't even carry hand guns.

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    1. ♔ Georgie R 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks. Looking at this photo again I thought how incongruous it is to see the dainty gold bracelet round the young police woman's wrist next to the automatic rifle.

    2. abux_77 99 months ago | reply

      Funny I was thinking the same thing about the bracelet.

    3. edscoble 98 months ago | reply

      They're part of an SO19 unit, basically the british version of SWAT, so you only see them when a situation is required for it.

    4. the_distance_to_here 91 months ago | reply

      edscoble, sorry i must correct you, SO19 no longer exist they are now CO19 and they are not british swat, just the armed unit of MET police if ever anything like a swat unit was needed we would use the SAS.

    5. edscoble 91 months ago | reply

      7 months ago por to my last comment, it wasn't called CO19, so yes, it's called CO19 now, what does CS19 stand for?

      the only comparison I can find is the SWAT in America really, because the regular cop in America that carry guns isn't comparable to the CO19.

    6. phoenix282007 91 months ago | reply

      The 2 officers above are actually MOD Police. Armed with MP5 9mm, and Browning 9mm pistol. They patrol the Government Security Zone (GSZ) in London.

    7. swatman67 88 months ago | reply

      The Officers pictured are not CO19 they are Ministry of Defence Police (MoD) and given the location of the image they seem to be patroling the area in Whitehall by the MoD building.

      Not being a pain but CO19 undertake all armed response duties in London. The SAS are only ever used in extremely rare occassions such as operation Trident, the Iranian Embassy Siege. CO19 carry out what would be deemed SWAT operations in London every day. (Forest Gate for example) During the July 7th Bombings and subsequent operations it was Met CO19 who carried out all armed raids and arrests. The SAS were unofficially used to as advisors for any explosive entries that may have had to be made.

      The political ramifications of using the army on the streets of the UK to undertake civilian operations is not something the government would want to face, that is why SO19 and now CO19 have been developed for.

    8. swatman67 88 months ago | reply

      OOOPS! Correction to the above, the Iranina Embassy Siege was Operation Nimrod.

      Operation Trident is a completely different thing.

      www.stoptheguns.org/

    9. ♔ Georgie R 88 months ago | reply

      I really like this sort of detailed knowledge which must give headaches to tv producers when they attempt to recreate some scene. No matter how careful they are there will be someone who can spot some error. Long may we continue to take an interest in the details :-)

    10. basegrinder 87 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Thin Blue Line, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    11. Ali in Cali 83 months ago | reply

      It's not incongruous for the female officer to be wearing a watch on her wrist, just as it isn't incongruous for the male officer to be wearing one either. As a matter of fact, I find it a little sexist that the male officer isn't wearing a bra.

    12. ♔ Georgie R 83 months ago | reply

      But he isn't wearing a dainty gold bracelet :-)

    13. Ali in Cali 83 months ago | reply

      He isn't wearing a bra either.

    14. swatman67 83 months ago | reply

      How do you know he's not wearing a bra?

    15. Ali in Cali 83 months ago | reply

      He's obviously not into those treasures, Georgie noticed he isn't waearing a bracelet.

    16. kineticperplexity 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Back The Blue (Law Enforcement), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Police Fan 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Women Police, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. citypolice999 [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Armed police in london, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    19. neiljohnuk 73 months ago | reply

      Slight mistake in the photo comment, the MET has for some time had armed AFO's on normal foot duties as beat 'bobbies' in 'interesting' areas. One I shot with in the early 90's was quite revealing about the wornout Smith & Wesson's (and a few Colt's) they had passed down to station armouries from the specialist units, the high-ride pancake holsters so they remained unseen under their jumpers. Now with duty belts, vests etc such discrete carry is all but impossible, but then since T. Bliar swept into Downing Street with the biggest display of armed Police ever seen (subliminal message to the people, "I'm in charge and my gang has guns") there, it's become less important to hide the tools of the trade.
      As one Sgt. I knew who flew up to Scotland for the G8 conferance security put it, "we're the biggest armed gang in the country now"...

    20. Trojan631 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called UK Armed Police, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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