|Headquarters (South), |
where the incident happened
I find it astonishing that a police firearms officer would discharge a weapon into a colleague. If you have met these guys and girls you will know that they take the issue of firearms safety very seriously, so i am looking forward to find out what happened, and its only fair and proper that the officer involved be dealt with appropratly...the Duggen family at least deserve that.
This is the only area of criticism for the police. I have never been prouder of my colleagues. Seeing them dressed in PSU gear makes it very easy to forget that these officers are human beings. There are no doubt thousands of families worried sick that their loved one will be injured or worse. I hope that that worry is tinged with pride.
|.44 Magnum Revolver, similar to that fired by |
a TVP firearms officer.
I mention this case as it's circumstances are very similar to those of Mark Duggen. In the TVP case PC Micklethwaite was convicted and was "...fined £8000 and required to pay £8000 costs. TVP was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000". Having undergone that very same firearms awareness course with TVP the following year, i can tell you that these courses are no longer run in a classroom. I was surrounded by very nervous firearms instructors while we were shown deactivated examples of various firearms. Ammo was no where to be seen...
PS. For officers who have never seen the publication "Learning the Lessons", its highly recommended for police officers and control room staff.