Statement from Assistant Commissioner Sir Stephen House following media reports of ‘armed street patrols’.
AC House said: “We are not considering routine deployments of armed officers in our communities.
“As part of our response to the increase in violent crime in London we are examining how our armed officers can provide extra support and augment other units, either in response to a serious assault, or to be deployed to areas where we have intelligence that serious violence is imminent.
“Any deployments would be for a limited time only and done in consultation with local policing commanders, and after a community impact assessment had been carried out.
“Our consultation into the extended, yet limited, use of armed police is at an early stage. We will continue to work closely with a range of stakeholders as we discuss operational options in the fight against violence to help protect communities.”