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SO19 and CO19 explained

mally1

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CO19 is the name given to the department, which provides the firearms related support to the rest of the Metropolitan Police Service

CO19 Specialist Firearms Command are better known by SO19 which was its former Specialist Operations, which provides the firearms related support to the rest of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Have a look at the intro document for more info.
 

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Very imformative, yes the name changed because the department moved from Specialist Operations Command to Central Command as it is a pan London Unit.

It trains the Diplomatic Protection Group, Royalty Protection, SCD1 Diplomatic and VIP Protection, SCD7 The Flying Squad, SCD11 The Surveillance Department aswell as others in the police and other agencies in the use of firearms and tactics.

They travel all over the world working/training with other agencies including FBI HRT, Frances GIGN and many others.

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Heres a little video showing co19 at work.

Very impressive, looks like a good job!

[ame=http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z319aVJqybE]YouTube - CO19 Frontline[/ame]
 

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It was a great job, I did over a 100 ot those vehicle ambushes whilst I was there, out of around 1000 deployments out of probably 9000 incidents I dealt with in 8 years, till I was affected by tenure. Meaning you have to move on, thanks Paul Condon. I was due to go to the Aztec Squad with SB but thought sod it and went to Iraq as a PMC.
 

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This is one from polish police work, it's normal traffic unit, they are chasing guy who refused to stop, leter he got blocked/cut off by other police car, this happened while recording program about police work for polish TV.
Not so bad considering they had to chace that Audi A4 using Ford Focus ;)

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAPFBBGxCbE[/ame]
 

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Once inside the Met Police you have to finish your probation. Then you will need to gain policing experience on plain clothes squads and the territorial support group if possible. When you have got several years of experience, then its your time to apply once you have your divisional commanders recommendation.

You will submit your application of which there are around 300 per year, 200 will be paper sifted/binned and the final hundred will sit an assessment and interview. 60 will be put forward for courses of which generally 50% will pass so you will end up with 30 new officers a year.

You will train UK 1 week in 6 and you will attend months of further courses throughout your time. Effectively in 8 years you will be trained for about 1 year minimum. Overseas training with other agencies is conducted.

Further training will include CP, CAT, KRATOS/ TST/ SFO/ RIFLE/ MARITIME/ DRIVING etc

Good Luck
 

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wow, not so straight forward, the numbers are so minimal, surely thats not the accurate amount of people.
 

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30 is the amount that enter the department a year, 30 is also the number that leave every year or move on within the department.
When I left just over 3 years ago there was 330, now there is over 400. 100 of those will be instructors who train RoyaltyCP/Diplomatic CP/DPG/Flying Squad/SB/TSG/Palaces etc they train over 2000 non CO19 armed officers to various standards.

At one point in 2003 co19/so19 had 27 officers suspended from duty for being involved in police shootings, in the UK you are suspended straight away and it can last for 4/5 years if you are unlucky.
 

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It is very long time of probation and applying and training, but I think on that occasion it is the best way to do it, that kind of units should be elite, and people who are recruited to work there, should prove their comitment and dedication before hunderds of thoudands pounds will be spend on their trainings.
The only down side is, if you make a decision to take this career path being let's say 25 by the time you get there you're +/- 40 ;)
But as I said before that way of recruiting shows how much you really want it.
 
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When I joined the department, I was the youngest in age, 28 and the youngest in service 7 years.
 

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Times change... As long as you're out your probabtion, you can apply. I know a few peple who have done it straight out of probation...

Also, bear in mind that ID and Co6 have fully trained ARV teams who can level transfer into 19,
 

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ID (Heathrow) and SO16 cannot level transfer unless they pass an ARV course. Both department recieve extra training for Mobile Non Compliant Vehicle stops and to contain and negoitiate. They do not enter to conduct STC Ops.

If this has changed recently as in people out of their probation getting in then the department has really gone to the dogs
 

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CO 19, Is right guys, the attrition rate on the selection, and course is very high.
Last course finished end of week before last and 7 completed .

It is (In my humble opinion the best job in the Met / World, bar none, but Im biased) been in a little under 20 years due to go soon . Looks like the big orange apron at B and Q haha)

The SFO teams did over 1500 Pre planned Firearms Operations last year form "Dig outs" to Terrorist Ops.

The selection and course are greulling but like many things that guys like yourselves have experienced Im sure, a lot of it is strength of character and mind over matter (As an Instructor said to me once "WE DON'T MIND AND YOU DON'T MATTER")

Like many specialist units Military or Police, the Team ethic and skills of a high standard, but relaxed.

Lads who have left but still keep in touch, admit to not missing getting up at stupid o'clock in the morning, but do miss the "crack with the lads".

There have been huge changes in the departments history over a realtivley short time.
From when I joined we had a Model 10 revolver each and 1 x MP5 Carbinebetween 10, to currently G36's Glocks MP5's A.I. Rifles etc etc etc
Will I miss it
Damm right I will
Stay well Treefrog
 

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That must be it mate.
Heraing good things about you buddy glad its worked out so well for you, and most importantly you got out safe
Congrats mate
 
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