A Blunder for the Books: Why Did Westminster Use Unarmed Guards?
Today’s terror attack at the Palace of Westminster has sent shockwaves through the British political establishment because a knife-wielding terrorist was able to penetrate ‘tough’ security. When I say tough let me clarify what I mean: every gate is guarded by at least ONE UNARMED police officer.
The police constables are sometimes (but not always) assisted by yet more unarmed security guards from the Metropolitan Police P Division (Parliamentary Police). Behind the scenes, Metropolitan Police D Division (Diplomatic Protection) provide firearms support, although a cursory look at the weapons shows some of them aren’t even loaded.
Read the full story at the New York Observer.