Routine Arming Survey

Members’ survey on the routine arming of police officers is now open

A survey collecting your views on the routine arming of police officers has been launched.

A link to the national survey, our first on routine arming in over a decade, is being sent via email directly to you and your colleagues across England and Wales via your Police National Network (PNN) email accounts.

Che Donald, our national lead for firearms, said: “The routine arming of police officers has attracted much speculation and attention from our members, the public and the media, as highlighted recently following the cowardly acts of terror committed in the UK. The police service has also seen significant reductions in officer numbers resulting in many working in isolation or single crewed, increasing the risks to them personally.

“Policing has changed significantly over recent years, not just around the types of crime we are dealing with and greater use of technology, but also the threat, harm and risk to the public and our officers. This survey seeks to determine your views to inform our position on the issue of routine arming. Over the last few years a handful of forces have been surveyed individually on this issue, but we are keen to establish a fresh national view.” 

If you have not received the link via the pnn system by Mon 7th August please email Fed Gen Sec Clive Benson with your details.

The survey closes on 1 September 2017 with results expected later in the month. You may come across the link to the survey from other sources; please only take the survey once.