Recent terror attacks across the country has reopened the debate on whether all police officers should carry firearms.
On March 22 2017, four people were killed on Westminster Bridge after a man drove a car into pedestrians. He then crashed into the railings outside Parliament where he fatally stabbed a police officer.
Last month 22 people were killed as they were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena after a man detonated a bomb.
Less than two weeks later three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and attacked members of the public with knives in Borough Market, killing eight people.
Every police force in England and Wales has a firearms unit but the number of armed officers went from 6909 in 2009 to 5639 in 2016.
Nina Andrews, 44, a worried citizen, said: “I don’t think every police officer should be armed because it’s not needed. A gun isn’t going to stop a person in a van.
I took my daughters to a concert in London recently and there were a couple of armed around. It made me feel uneasy more than it did safe.”