We asked you to tell us if all officers should routinely be armed or not and your reasons why
The Police Federation will ask officers in England and Wales whether they want to routinely carry a gun in the first national survey of its kind in more than ten years. Unlike their counterparts in Northern Ireland, most police in Great Britain are traditionally unarmed as routine arming is controversial and many do not support it.
Last month the Guardian revealed that police chiefs discussed the possibility of arming all frontline officers to counter the threat of terrorism after four attacks happened in three months. We asked serving and former police officers to share their experiences and tell us whether they think all officers should carry a gun.