Chris Kaba: MoD offers military support after armed Met officers turn in weapons
More than 100 Met cops have turned in permits allowing them to carry weapons, according to a source. There are more than 2,500 armed cops in the Met.
Police said the action was being taken after an unnamed cop was charged with the murder of an unarmed man – Chris Kaba, when he was 24.
Met boss Sir Mark Rowley welcomed a Home Office review into armed policing.
In an open letter to the home secretary, he said it was right his force was “held to the highest standards” – but the current system was undermining his officers and suggested they needed more legal protections.
In a statement, the Met said some officers were “worried” about how the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to bring a charge “impacts on them”.
It comes after the MoD said it received a request – known as Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) – from the Home Office to “provide routine counter-terrorism contingency support to the Metropolitan Police, should it be needed”.
A MACA is offered to the police and the NHS in emergency situations such as the military helping during Covid and covering for striking border staff and paramedics last year.
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