Police Special Operations
There are several special operations and other elite units within the UK police service. These include:
Police Firearms Units
All UK territorial constabularies deploy armed officers in spontaneous and pre-planned interventions.
more info: Police Firearms Units
SCO19 Specialist Firearms Command
(formerly designated as CO19, before that SO19) London's 'SWAT' unit. The Met's specialist firearms unit are highly trained armed police organized into CTSFO, TST and ARV units.
more info : SCO19
SO18 Aviation Security
Armed police units that patrol Heathrow and London City airport.
more info: SO18 Aviation Security
The Met's Protection Command fields armed close protection officers and other armed police in order to protect VIPs. The Command includes:
- Royalty Protection Group (S014) - Armed bodyguards for the Royal Family
- Specialist Protection (SO1) - Protects the PM and other VIPs
- Diplomatic Protection Group (S06) - Protects diplomats and Downing Street
British Transport Police Specialised Firearms Unit
Providing armed patrols at railway stations.
more info : BTP Firearms Unit
Ministry Of Defence Police (MDP)
MOD Police provide security for much of the UK's military industrial complex. This includes providing tactical units to guard and recapture nuclear weapons.
more info: MOD Police
Civil Nuclear Constabulary
The CNC are charged with guarding civilian nuclear sites (power stations, processing and storage plants) and shipments of nuclear materials.
more info: Civil Nuclear Constabulary