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Stop! Armed Police!: Inside the Met's Firearms Unit [Paperback]

Stephen Smith
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29 Nov 2013
Join veteran crime-fighter Stephen Smith on a journey through the dark and dangerous world of the Metropolitan Police specialist firearms command from its inception in 1966, when the cold-blooded murder of three police officers sparked a revolution in the training of armed officers, to the present day. This unique police unit battled against the IRA in the 1970s, experienced its first operational shootings in the 1980s and underwent massive expansion in the 1990s. In the new millenium it fought against Dome raiders, kidnappers, and al-Qaeda terrorists, then worked to provide London with a secure environment in which to host the 2012 Olympic Games. From a gunman ordering cannabis smuggled in fried chicken during a siege to a deranged killer holding toddlers hostage, London's armed police have seen it all. With his wealth of first-hand experience, Stephen Smith has woven together historic and up-to date accounts of perilous and often famously controversial firearms operations across England's capital. Using hundreds of photographs, illustrations and drawings from several archived sources, this fascinating volume spans five decades of the Metropolitan Police's fight against crime and many of its photographs and illustrations have never been published before. Packed with detail and intrigue, Stop! Armed Police! is a must-have for those with an interest in police firearms matters and is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous business of policing London's streets.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (29 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071980826X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719808265
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absolutely fascinating and focused insight into the history of this Unit, told by an officer who has served at the sharp end. --Keith Skinner, author 'The official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard

A 'must have' and a 'must read' volume for anyone with a real interest in the subject --Roger Gray, author 'The Trojan Files' and 'Target Trojan'

'An interesting and historical insight into the world of police specialist firearms operations in the Capital' --Chris Ryan, author

About the Author

Stephen Smith, veteran of over a thousand armed operations during his twenty-two years with the Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Command was born in south London in 1960. He joined the Met at nineteen and after twelve years in uniform passed selection for PT17, the Met's firearms unit, where he was selected to work on the Specialist Firearms Teams, experiencing first-hand the explosive and controversial world of police firearms operations. Between operational postings Stephen has taught most aspects of armed policing. He retired from the Met in 2013 after thirty-three years' service.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More Please !!!! 16 Nov 2013
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This is a must read book for anyone interested in UK Police Firearms. Its full of an amazing history about the development of the finest unit ever in non military firearms policing. i saw some of it during the early stages and have to say very well done to the author - top job ! Buy it now - only 8 left - selling out fast !!! Someone tell Guy Ritchie about it - it needs his style of film making to make this book fit for film !!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read excellent 27 Jan 2014
By massai
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Superb read and good insight to the issues and decisions these individuals have to make, when faced with them day in day out !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 22 Jan 2014
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Great insight into the day to day life of an armed officer in London.
A must buy I loved it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 17 Jan 2014
By Mark
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Great read from start to finish.

Lots of unique information and photos from recent events often blurred by the press. Chapter on the Stockwell tube incident particularly compelling - good to get another perspective from someone who was actually there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Action 29 Dec 2013
By Linda
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AT LAST A BOOK THAT INFORMS US FROM THE POLICE PERSPECTIVE. VERY EXCITING AND SOME INFORMATIVE PICTURES. ITS GOOD TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE THESE GUYS PROTECTING US, KEEPING LAW AND ORDER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Feb 2014
By Benji
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What a compelling read it opens your eyes to just how dangerous it is out there,
we should be grateful we have such a brilliant armed service to look after us.
Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 15 Feb 2014
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Excellent look into the unit that goes out there and faces the worst that Policing can deal with. Very good insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into an elite Unit 29 Dec 2013
By PJ
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This book was well worth waiting for......the author takes you through the humble beginnings of how the Unit was set up after the tragic murder of 3 cops, the early days of firearms training and the selection of weaponry. The IRA's London campaign in the 70's, 80's and 90's, to sensational sieges, dramatic robberies, shooting incidents and the enduring fight against international terrorists. Never before seen photographs adorn the book throughout and illustrate the changes in specialist kit and firearms over the years. Developments in tactical training have reflected the ever changing landscape of London's criminal activities. If you thought armed policing was an easy day job for these professionals, thumb through these pages and your opinion will be changed forever...
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