Learning About the History of Armed Policing

Four pupils were invited to the newly opened Museum of Armed Policing in Chatteris to assist the BBC Breakfast programme in producing a segment about the new museum. 

With the police use of firearms a growing and changing area within the police service, the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) believes that it is important for the public to have an opportunity to understand how armed policing has evolved over the years, and how it serves to protect the public. 

The Oundle pupils learned about significant events that have required armed responses and were able to experience first-hand the rigours faced by firearms officers by training on a firearms simulator. The virtual reality shooting range provided an intense virtual experience of how police are tested in real-life situations.

The museum’s main aim is to warn young people about the consequences of carrying weapons. A large cache of seized weapons and firearms are on show, and the tragedies at Hungerford and Dunblane feature as case studies.

The pupils were interviewed by the BBC and appeared on the BBC Breakfast news programme.

The museum was founded and is run by the PFOA which offers support and appropriate services to armed officers and their families who have been impacted by work-related incidents that have caused distress and worry.