Re­vised guide­lines for po­lice firearms of­fi­cers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

KENT Po­lice firearms of­fi­cers are now lim­ited in what they can say to each other af­ter an in­ci­dent when a weapon is fired.

In­di­vid­ual of­fi­cers will not be al­lowed to con­fer in fu­ture when mak­ing notes on sit­u­a­tions in­volv­ing the use of firearms.

The move is de­signed to en­sure ev­i­dence from each of­fi­cer is not com­pro­mised in any way when an in­quiry is launched.

Kent Po­lice are fol­low­ing na­tional guide­lines be­ing is­sued by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Chief Po­lice Of­fi­cers af­ter the ju­di­cial re­view into the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes by Met Po­lice of­fi­cers at Stock­well tube sta­tion in 2005 af­ter be­ing sus­pected of be­ing a sui­cide bomber. Chief Con­sta­ble of Kent Po­lice Mike Fuller an­nounced the changes at a Kent Po­lice Au­thor­ity meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

He said: “Of­fi­cers will find this re­stric­tive but the im­por­tant thing is there must be in­tegrity in the ev­i­dence given by of­fi­cers. This guid­ance says they must be able to record their in­di­vid­ual rec­ol­lec­tions when it comes to a firearms in­ci­dent.

“Any firearms in­ci­dent – es­pe­cially when the po­lice shoot some­body and take their life – needs to be jus­ti­fied in a court of law. The pub­lic need to feel con­fi­dent the shoot­ing is sub­ject to proper scru­tiny.”

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