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Armed Officers (194A/24)


I would like to know the number police officers authorised to hold firearms on the date of this request.


Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested is due to be made available on the website. Figures from last year can be found here:

Reason for decision

The information is exempt by virtue of Section 22(1) – Information intended for future publication

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In addition, uncoordinated release of this information before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.


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