Police’s pledge over armed officers coverage

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Constant assessments are carried out to make sure Lancashire has ‘adequate’ coverage by specialist firearms officers, police said.

The force moved to reassure residents after a Police Federation branch chairman claimed rural officers fear they are ‘sitting ducks’ in the event of an armed terrorist attack.

John Apter, head of the Hampshire branch, said a national shortage of armed officers could leave police in isolated areas, including coastal regions, ‘unarmed and vulnerable’.

But a spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We constantly review intelligence to assess what the threat is to Lancashire, and to ensure we have adequate firearms coverage so we are able to quickly respond to any part of the county in order to mitigate the threat.”

The force did not reveal numbers of location for security reasons.