Police representatives have celebrated the opening of the Museum of Armed Policing. Once the news got out, though, the public’s reaction wasn’t quite so warm.
The consequences of carrying weapons… but only for the public
The Museum of Armed Policing, based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, had its grand opening on 17 November with the cutting of a police line:
— MAP (@museumarmpolice) November 17, 2018
In an interview with local paper Fenland Citizen, founder Mark Williams said:
This is not about glorifying guns, or armed police, we tell the whole story, we want people to understand the history behind where we are today.
Williams is also CEO of the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA). The museum is a project by PFOA, which the association said aims to “inform and educate on all aspects of armed policing in the UK”. Meanwhile, the BBC reported that a spokesman said its aim is to warn “young people about the consequences of carrying weapons”.
A PFOA description of the museum from February said it would have different “zones”, including:
Police firearms going back to the 1800s.
Royal Ulster Constabulary / Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Incidents that have impacted armed policing.
Less lethal technology.
And the BBC also said the museum contains a “virtual firing range”. The public can visit the museum from January 2019.'
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