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Responding to the marauding terror attack: the police perspective
  1. Sean Wheatley1,2,3,
  2. A C Hollingsworth2 and
  3. I Greaves3
  1. 1 Cleveland & Durham Specialist Operations Unit, Cleveland and Durham Police Tactical Training Centre, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, UK
  2. 2 Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3 Accident and Emergency, James Cook University Hospital Department of Accident and Emergency, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sean Wheatley; sean.wheatley{at}


UKpolice forces have had to adapt their tactical approach to the emerging terror threat that now faces the UK. This has led to an evolution in the training, education and conduct of authorised firearms officers and an increased capability in the provision of immediate lifesaving care to injured casualties. This article intends to describe the police response to a marauding terror attack and describes the medical capabilities authorised firearms officers possess in order to educate other emergency service responders to such an event. The challenges of training for a major terrorist event and the benefits of collaborative working with other emergency service personnel are discussed.

  • trauma management
  • prehospital care
  • emergency services
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  • Contributors ACH conceived the idea for the manuscript. SW and ACH produced the original document with AH and IG editing subsequent drafts which were approved by SW.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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