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Conducted energy devices (Taser)

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Conducted energy devices (CED) A CED is a less lethal weapon system designed to temporarily incapacitate a subject through use of an electrical current which temporarily interferes with the body’s neuromuscular system and produces a sensation of intense pain. It is one of a number of tactical options available when dealing with an incident with […]

Armed policing

Legislation, weapons and equipment, command and deployment.

Last modified: September 2021

Attenuating energy projectiles

Armed policing

The attenuating energy projectile (AEP) forms part of the common weapon system approved for use by members of the police service or Her Majesty’s forces in the UK. Operational use of the AEP in the UK police service is limited to authorised officers who have been specifically trained in use of the system. This guidance […]

Reference material

Armed policing

Armed policing APP contains references to the following: AEP Information Sheet (not hyperlinked. Available via Knowledge Hub) Defence & Scientific Technology Laboratory (Dstl) CAST Guidance Note 139/16: Storage of ammunition and explosives in police facilities. March 2017 College of Policing Code of Practice on Armed Policing and the Police use of Less Lethal Weapons 2020 College of […]

Weapons and equipment

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Equipment selected should be appropriate for the purpose for which it is issued. Operational requirements (ORs) have been prepared by NPCC in respect of: firearms ammunition specialist munitions less lethal weapons. These items must have been evaluated against the national OR where one exists and otherwise against a local OR. With the exception of associated […]

Armed deployment

Armed policing

In situations requiring the deployment of authorised firearms officers (AFOs), police decision making and response is directed by available information and the assessment of threat. The National Decision Model (NDM) assists with this decision-making process and provides a structure for documenting decisions and their rationale. Police officers have a positive duty to protect the public from harm – a duty […]

Discharge of firearms

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The primary intention of the police, when discharging a firearm, is to prevent an immediate threat to life by shooting to stop the subject from carrying out their intended or threatened course of action. In most circumstances this is achieved by aiming to strike the central body mass (ie, the torso). Where it is imperative […]

Use of force, firearms and less lethal weapons

Armed policing

Police officers are frequently required to deal with conflict situations. Many of these are resolved using well-chosen and appropriate words and by managing human interaction. Others require varying degrees of physical force, including, on occasions, the use of firearms by authorised firearms officers (AFOs). This proportionate response is a well-established and necessary approach to managing […]

National Police Firearms Training Curriculum

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The National Police Firearms Training Curriculum (NPFTC) is a programme of nationally accredited firearms training. The curriculum has been developed within a framework of integrated modules and units that together represent a whole programme. The NPFTC provides: a framework for continuous professional development consistency and standardisation across the range of training activities standardised national procedures […]

Legal framework

Armed policing

Despite making important and often time-critical decisions, police officers are still accountable through the law for their actions. Respect for an individual’s human rights should be the central focus throughout the entire policing process. All officers have an individual responsibility for ensuring that they are aware of relevant legislation, and are informed about the extent […]