Knife threat met criteria for armed officers – police chief
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 2:29PM GMT.
THE chief of police has defended a decision to send armed officers to an incident where a woman threatened to harm herself with a knife.
In an email received by all deputies, Patrick Rice (pictured) said the fact there was a potentially lethal weapon involved and a threat to someone’s life meant the incident met the nationally recognised criteria for sending in armed police.
The decision to send in a firearms team has been criticised by some islanders who have called it heavy-handed and dangerous.
‘Incidents of this nature when the information is not fully available or the situation is unclear makes them complex to manage and require a high degree of professional judgement,’ said Mr Rice in the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Guernsey Press. ‘On this occasion, an immediate response was required, an operational decision was made to deploy armed officers.’
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