UK Cops Murdered, Raising Questions About Whether to Arm Them - Page 2
Whilst her political opposition, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said it was "deeply distressing news [and] a painful demonstration of how police officers put themselves in harm's way every day to protect the public".
Prime Minister David Cameron said "The killing of two police officers in Manchester is a shocking reminder of the debt we owe to those who put themselves in danger to keep us safe and secure. I want to offer my thoughts, along with those of the whole country, to the families, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."
Greater Manchester Police had been engaged in quite a significant manhunt for murder suspect Dale Cregan, at the time. However, there was no indication or suggestion that Cregan would be at the house the two officers were called to.
Cregan has been arrested in connection with the officers' deaths along with the two previous murders for which he was wanted for. He was arrested when he walked into Hyde police station a short time after the incident, no further details had been released at the time of writing.
This latest incident will undoubtedly open up again the debate on the routine arming of the UK Police force, which prides itself remaining unarmed. In the UK police offices only carry an extendable baton, handcuffs and CS or pepper spray whilst wearing a stab proof vest for protection. In some areas there are moved to arm more officers with Tasers, which are only routinely carried by specific fully armed officers.
There seems little appetite within the force for routinely arming officers, a Police Federation survey, conducted during 2006 found that 82 per cent of 47,000 serving officers were opposed to the idea.