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Panorama Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 18:35 GMT
You asked police firearms expert
Send former Anti-Terrorist Officer Charles Shoebridge your questions
Ask police firearms expert

You quizzed former Anti-Terrorist Officer and firearms expert Charles Shoebridge on lethal and less than lethal weapons in a live forum.

Click on the link below to watch the forum:

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With increasing gun crime Britain's police officers often have to match fire with fire. But terrible accidents can happen.

Panorama investigated recent controversial episodes where police have mistakenly shot innocent men.

The programme also looked at how American forces have adopted less than lethal weapons in a bid to reduce fatal shootings and asks why hasn't the UK followed suit?

Is current firearms policy unfair on British police? How does it feel to make life and death decisions? What training do armed police officers get?



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