Arming the Police in Britain: a Human Rights Analysis

Turner, Ian David orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8012-1480 (2017) Arming the Police in Britain: a Human Rights Analysis. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 90 (2). pp. 107-127. ISSN 0032-258X

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In 2010 Derrick Bird shot and killed 12 people, as well as injuring a further 11, in Cumbria. A legitimate question that arose after the tragedy was whether the outcome would have been different if the British police had been armed? This paper explores whether human rights law requires, or at least justifies, the UK authorities to arm the police in the pursuit of public protection? Derrick Bird was licensed to possess his firearms. Is a more proportionate response amendments to the existing weapons certification process? These are some of the questions which this article seeks to address.

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