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Police Special Operations

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

Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) with the West Midlands Police Firearms Unit pictured in training. Like many UK AFOs, they are armed with single-fire MP5 carbines (MP5SFA3) fitted with 15-round magazines.

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


Protection Command

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


British Transport Police Specialised Firearms Unit

Providing armed patrols at railway stations.

more info : BTP Firearms Unit


Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Police

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


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