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Police Special Operations

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

MDP firearms officers
Ministry Of Defence Police firearms officers.
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PaDP Armed Response Vehicle
more info: Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP)
SCO19 Officer armed with Glock 17 pistol
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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 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

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