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Met Police to increase number of armed response officers to nearly 3,000

PUBLISHED: 09:42 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 14 January 2016

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

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Scotland Yard is trying to create 600 new armed officers across the capital

Following on from the terrorist attacks two months ago, senior Met Police officials have asked for an increase in the number of armed officers in the capital.

Under the proposals, there would 2,800 armed officers across London, with 600 new positions set to be created.

Despite the proposal, Met chiefs claim 92 per cent of police in London will remain unarmed.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe claimed it is important the Met is “as ready as can be” for an attack.

He said: “The tragic attacks in Paris reinforced the vital role that firearms officers would be called upon to play on behalf of all of us, to run forward and confront the deadly threat that such attackers would pose.

“Whilst I sincerely hope it is something that never happens on our streets, it is only right that the Met are as ready as can be.

“In the days following Paris I asked my firearms team to increase the number of armed response vehicles available on our streets, which we did. Now I have decided that we take the steps to increase these numbers on a permanent basis.

Scotland Yard refused to comment on the current numbers of armed response vehicles, now or after the inrease in numbers, with a spokesperson stating “such detail may be of use to those who plan to attack London.”

Internal recruitment will now start internally within the Met, with plans to increase the size of its training base.

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