Armed British police to ignore injured to storm marauding terrorists in IS attack simulation
The Metropolitan Police have told their armed officers to "go forward" in a new training scheme which forces them to ignore wounded victims and colleagues in a terror attack
Published 02/12/2015 | 09:49
Armed UK police tackling marauding terrorists have been told to ignore injured victims and colleagues and storm buildings immediately in a new tactic to save lives.
Scotland Yard is training officer to “go forward” and tackle gun-wielding terrorists at the earliest opportunity regardless of whether wounded people are lying around them.
It comes in the wake of the Paris and Mumbai attacks where fanatics began shooting hostages immediately.
The move is in contrast to traditional “contain and assess” policing tactics and more in keeping with military methods and officers have been training alongside the army.
Officers are now conducting regularly exercises to prepare for such attacks, including one in London yesterday.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan, who heads the specialist crime and operations unit, said: “We are asking them to do a different thing than they did previously.
“It is not about standing back it is about going towards the threat and we appreciate within that that there could be casualties and in meeting that threat they might have to look over casualties that might have been injured and wait for someone else as they go forwards toward people who are shooting at them.”
She added: “We know from the incidents in Paris and elsewhere that the terrorists have been taking a different tact in that they have been shooting hostages so the decision has to be made, and it is a brave decision at the time, about whether you stand back, in which case you may well have more people die, or whether the best thing is to go forward.”
AC Gallan insisted officers did not have a “shoot-to-kill” policy but would take whatever lawful means were necessary to end the threat.
Inspector Nathan Read, a firearms response instructor, said: “I do not think any one of them is under any illusion of what they might have to do in the future.
“They are very aware and very capable of dealing with what they might have to do.”