…he might shoot you!!!
Details of cops playing with their guns were released by the home office today (3 March 2009) and testify to some astonishing facts about the Gwent rozzers.
According to the figures cops all over the UK have been getting their hands on their pistols much more often than they should be. Last year the number of operations in which firearms were authorised leapt by nearly 20%. And over the 7-year period from 2001 to 2008, authorisations rose by nearly 50%.
But if that sounds bad enough, in 2001-02 coppers in Gwent were authorised to carry a gun on 20 occasions. By 2007-08 that number had risen to a staggering 334! A percentage increase of Zimbabwean proportions!!
And it’s the same story when it comes to operations involving armed response teams. Gwent deployed 16 of them in 2001-2 and 7 years later there were 257 teams knocking about – doing exactly what, we’d like to know?
We’re wondering when those guns are going to be turned on strikers and protestors and the like. At the rate that the gun-toting Gwent police are going, it won’t be very long!