The recent shootings of 2 young Police women in Manchester has ignited a wider debate within the police force. Should police officers be equipped with guns to defend themselves? To many, it seems obvious that this is the only answer to deal with what appears to be a growing problem in the UK, but what will it mean for the image of the police force.
A police officer in Brighton said that it will be a step backards for the image that the police are trying to create. Being seen in the community armed with a gun may put off members of the public to approach them for simple inquires such as asking for directions. This reinforces the 'us and them' view in many community which the police have been trying to move away from over the recent years so that they can work with the community rather than against them.
Although this is only one view on a larger debate I haven't seen anyone consider how it will affect the law-abiding citizens and their relationship witht the police.