How many countries still have unarmed cops? I've seen armed cops in the CBD of Sydney. I've see many (not all) in London and other parts of the UK. I've seen armed police in Denmark, Italy, France and other EU countries. All police that I've seen in Canada are armed.
To add some context to the figures quoted above;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorise ... ms_officer
We've seen the footage, cop with AR-15 pushes through and discharges rounds with no visual ID of target, he couldn't wait to be there it seems, if a soldier did that that in a conflict zone, fire blindly with no confirmed ID and killed an innocent, they could well face a court marshall, possibly at least in the UK and most NATO forces, a manslaughter charge in a civil court.
For what, to take out the huge threat of a bloke with a lump of metal of a type that does not shoot, with a range limited by the swing of his arm.
Right up there with the multiple bullets in the back, (something US cops seem keen on in numerous incidents), most recently with a guy on a panzer, oh wait, I mean mobility scooter, hardly Mad Max is it? 'Gang that couldn't shoot straight?' More like the gang who shit themselves and shoot blindly. 'Brave', I think not.
If a British AFO did that he would be facing manslaughter, possibly murder.
When they have had to discharge their weapons, mostly in recent times to slot terrorists on a stabbing spree, they still have to be stood down, investigated, will appear as a witness at the inquest, most times they are cleared, though it can take a time in many cases, then if they still wish to, retain their AFO certificate.