Safe Arming of Police

Letters in the Sydney Morning Herald 12th Feb 2015 about the police shooting in Hoxton NSW
Letters in the Sydney Morning Herald 12th Feb 2015 about the police shooting in Hoxton NSW

Firearms may be necessary in some circumstances. However, we need to question any situation where the carrying of firearms may not be necessary. Unecessary firearms pose a risk to the community and convey a culture of violence.

In many police forces around the world, the officers are armed with lethal weapons. The most notable exception to this is the United Kingdom, where (excluding Northern Ireland) only 10% of police are armed. These armed police do not operate on general duties but are assigned to specialist armed response squads.

Few civilians are killed by UK police and there are no plans at present to arm police on general duties.

Police armed with lethal weapons, however well trained and benevolent in intention, project a culture of violence.

It is the long-term aim of the NLS for Peace Campaign that all police forces around the world should copy the UK police and operate without lethal weapons.

(See media release of 4 October 2011)