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Northern Ireland. 2009 ‘Standing Authority for the Issue and Carriage of Firearms.’ Manual of Guidance on the Management, Command and Deployment of Armed Officers; Section 4.5, p. 46. London: National Policing Improvement Agency, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. 1 November
Standing Authority for the Issue and Carriage of Firearms…
4.5. In Recognition of the special circumstances prevailing in Northern Ireland, the Chief Constable has given standing authority for all officers, subject to successful training, to be issued with a personal issue handgun which may be carried when officers are both on and off duty.
In addition, the standing authority addresses situations in which officers may be issued with other firearms and less lethal weapons when they are on duty.
The standing authority issued by the Chief Constable of the PSNI is kept under regular review in accordance with Recommendation 65 of A New Beginning: Policing in Northern Ireland - Report of the Independent Commission of Policing in Northern Ireland (1999).
[PSNI = Police Service of Northern Ireland]