Home Department written question – answered on 24th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers are qualified in the use of firearms; and what the figure was five years ago.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety)

The number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs) in police forces in England and Wales for years 1998–2003 is shown in the table.

Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)
1997–98 6,585
1998–99 6,308
1999–2000 6,262
2000–01 6,064
2001–02 5,776
2002–03 5,763

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