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Acpo head rejects the idea of arming police officers


Many tributes have been paid to the two policewomen who were killed yesterday when they responded to a false report of a burglary in Mottram, Greater Manchester.

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said that policing is a "risk business" and that "tragically, on occasion, things go horribly wrong".

Speaking to the Today programme, he rejected the idea of police officers being routinely armed saying "the clear view is... we don't want to be armed".

He said that community policing "goes to the heart of our legitimacy" and told John Humphrys that confidence in policing is going up whilst crime levels are going down, so "we're going in the right direction".

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