Firearms in British and in Dutch policing

Maurice Punch

in Shoot to kill

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424730
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303350 | DOI:
Firearms in British and in Dutch policing

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This chapter retraces the history of the unarmed ‘Bobby’ of 1829 and outlines the developments in the police use of firearms including development policy and practice in this area. It specifically examines the development of police firearm use and firearm policy in the UK since the Second World War. Focus is given on the restraint paradigm of the UK police wherein the minimization of risk and preservation of life are very central. In addition to discussing the development of firearm use and firearm policy in the UK, the chapter also discusses policy in the Netherlands on the use of firearm by police. It discusses the Dutch ‘shoot to live’ approach wherein the use of fatal force and firearms is based on violence as the last resort.

Keywords: Bobby; development; use of firearms; police firearm use; firearm policy; restraint paradigm; preservation of life; UK; Netherlands; shoot to live

Chapter.  16365 words. 

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