Section 4 - Use of force
During your time within the Metropolitan Police you will come into a lot of encounters that will vary, a lot of these encounters will require certain levels of force. Within the document you will be informed on what types of weapons should be used for certain encounters.
Only to be used against unarmed suspects, who are possibly trying to escape you - the tackle is a move where you sprint into someone - dragging them to the floor. After they have been tackled you can either detain or arrest - this is only to be used if the suspect is attempting to flee. Do not tackle someone standing still and complying with instructions.
The police issued taser is the first level of force that should be used within confrontations with the public, the police issued taser is a close quarters weapon that fires taser rounds that will result in the suspect being electrocuted and immobilised. We use this technique on members of the public that are causing a scene along with suspects that may not be compliant and have some sort of weapon on them. You must at all times use your taser first, unless the suspect has a firearm that can shoot at further ranges. If you are in situations that are in tight areas such as shops, you should always look to use your taser before using lethal force.
The police issued baton is a compliance tool used within the Metropolitan Police, this is primarily a defensive weapon against suspects that are causing a scene. This is another non lethal option within the police force that can be used to take down suspects in a less violent way. The baton is designed to outmatch opponents without any weapons. This can be used most of the time during close quarters engagements with members of the public. If you are unable to get close to the suspect for any reason, it is advised that you switch to your taser.
The flashlight is not to be used as a melee weapon unless it is already equipped in hand and there is no other option. The reason for this is that the flashlight does a significant amount less damage than the baton. The flashlight is a great tool for searching for suspects in the dark, and may help you out in lots of situations. Do not hit someone with a flashlight unless absolutely necessary.
The police issued Glock 17 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The usual bullet weight is 9mm and ranges from 115-147 grains meaning the Glock 17 is not only a powerful weapon but also a weapon that can penetrate some armours such as level 1 and 2. The short recoil–operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistol that uses a modified Browning cam-lock system adapted from the High-Power pistol is a perfect all rounder for any armed officer.
The police issued UMP-45 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The UMP-45 is a .45 ACP, blowback-operated, magazine fed submachine gun firing from a closed bolt. This weapon is similar to it's counter part the MP5 but with more stopping power against unarmored targets. The UMP-45 can fire single, 2 round burst, or fully automatic. This weapon is used in short-mid range combat and must only be used by users whom have been authorized permission by Gold Command.
The police issued M4A1 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The M4 Carbine is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, gas-operated,[a] direct impingement, magazine-fed, select fire carbine. It has a 14.5 in (370 mm) barrel and a telescoping stock. It is essentially a lighter and shorter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. This weapon is used in mid-long range combat and must only be used by SCO19.
The police issued G(ewehr)36 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The G36 is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, gas-operated, direct impingement, magazine-fed, select fire carbine which replaced the heavier counterpart 7.62mm G3 battle rifle. This weapon is used in mid-long range combat and must only be used by Gold Command.