we really don't. So we'll compromise."
A number of British police forces are considering arming their officers. The move comes in the wake of the UK suffering five high profile terror attack in 2017. Three regional police forces are reported to feel that the large areas they police mean that the current system of only specially trained firearms officers being armed limits their ability to respond to terrorism and serious crimes involving firearms.
Here's the part I'm referring to:
This paper laid out several options which are reported to be under consideration. These included allowing some uniformed officers to openly carry side arms while another would follow the Norwegian Police Service’s model with firearms being stored securely in patrol cars with access needing to be authorised by senior officers.
Because there's nothing so efficient as, during a terrorist attack, needing to contact a senior to get authorization to unlock the case/rack/whatever so you can do something...
Imagine some cop in the middle of an attack and there's no bloody TIME; do you follow the procedure, or unlock the damn thing(if you can), use it, and hope they don't hang you for violating the rule?