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Police Special Operations

There are several special operations and other elite units within the UK police service. These include:

UK Police armed with MP5 smgs. Note the low capacity (15 round) magazines and surefire torches. Unlike MP5s used by UKSF, Police MP5s (M5PSF) are single-fire only.
photo by: Crispy tj

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. Weapons include Glock 17 pistol, MP5sf carbine and G36c-sf carbine.

Protection Command

The Met's Protection Command fields armed close protection officers and other armed police in order to protect VIPs. The Command includes:

more info: Protection Command

British Transport Police Specialised Firearms Unit

Providing armed patrols at railway stations.

more info : BTP Firearms Unit

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

The CNC are charged with guarding civilian nuclear sites (power stations, processing and storage plants) and shipments of nuclear materials. As such shipments make tempting targets for terrorists, CNC officers are routinely armed, sometimes very heavily. When escorting shipments at sea, CNC officers have reportedly been seen manning 30mm Oerlikons deck guns!

hk mp7
The HK MP7's 4.6mm rounds are designed to penetrate modern body armour.

Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Police

MOD Police provide security for much of the UK's military industrial complex. This includes weapons factories, defence facilities, military housing and research centers. All MOD police officers are firearms trained. Weapons fielded by MOD Police officers have included the SA80 assault rifle, MP5 sub machine gun and browning 9mm pistol. These weapons have been gradually phased out in favour of the HK MP 7 PDW, a 4.7mm gun. The rationale behind this replacement is that it will be cheaper to train for and maintain a single weapon system rather than the more tradional rifle/carbine with sidearm arrangement.

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