Met Police provide update on armed officers in London

By Cesar Medina

25th Sep 2023 | Local News

Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley (credit: Met Police).
Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley (credit: Met Police).

The Metropolitan Police denies recent media reports of Met firearms officers stepping down from duty.

This comes as an officer was recently charged with the murder of 24-year-old construction worker, Chris Kaba, who died on 5 September 2022.

An anonymity order was granted so that the officer can only be identified as NX121.

In their latest statement the Met has said they understand the "worries" that people may have on the sentencing of the officer NX121.

It has also said that it is working to support those firearm officers who have stepped down, but that in the past 24 hours some have returned.

The statement said: "The Met has a significant firearms capability and we continue to have armed officers deployed in communities across London as well as at other sites including Parliament, diplomatic premises, airports etc."

It added: "To ensure that we can continue to keep the public safe and respond to any eventualities, since Saturday evening Met firearms officers have been supported by a limited number of armed officers from other UK forces."

The Ministry of Defence has also agreed to provide the Met with counterterrorism support if needed.

     

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