Revised guidelines for police firearms officers
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.”