Well you said routine.
Anyway, threats are becoming more serious and prevalent.
Funny No one ran from us, no one was terrified to talk to us, far from it.
Overall though that post of yours does bring in an interesting insight!
By the way a helmet, has more uses than just stopping bullets, it also offers protection from shrapnel & debris thrown by an explosion, attack to the head by iron bar, baseball bat, etc.. etc.. best place for it to be is on the head and not hanging from a belt, where it will be too late in case of attack, and I would further say these guys are deployed as a counter-measure to a potential terrorist attack rather than stopping pick-pockets.
Although I must admit, Vz-58, Insas and FALs are too powerful for the job, but they are the standard issue weapons of militia and only a few units are equipped with mp-5.
^^ i rember watching cctv of those attacks in train station,poor buggers were using bolt action rifles....& even threw chairs at the attackers.
CRS and Gendarmerie would carry primarily the AMD and MAT. Hardly *normal* Police and the Gendarmerie was a military force within the territory so no real surprise.
I maintain my previous statement that a citizen should be watchful of the competences of their police forces and not of what they wear. I agree with BiZ and others that it's ridiculous to voice concerns about cargo pants or BDUs on police officers, and might I add it's almost criminal stupidity to consider that a "growing militarization" while talking about competences not once. I know I know eternal vigilance is the price of freedom and all that but when you live in a country that's been a democracy for centuries you shouldn't be afraid of a goddamn pair of pants.
The question is where in Europe ?Well I remember in Europe being at first surprised to see cops carrying submachineguns back in the 1980's as US beat cops didnt then or now carry such weapons, but I also noticed no one except the Americans fresh from the states gave them a second look. Baton, Handgun, Submachinegun, so suddenly cargo pockets make the civpop recoil in horror? I was amazed at the MAT-49's and MP-5's
Actually (at least in France) the only cops bearing SMG are those on static guard at sensitive areas (embassies, some jewish schools or synagogues....), often a beretta/benelli SMG or MAT49 (well this one not anymore). This is never issued to common patrolmen you have on streets.
Gendarmes mobiles were more likely to appear with FAMAS they used as CS grenade launchers before they were issued individual GL
CRS had also MAS49/56 with tromblons (trsl ?) they used also in CC actions
But Gendarmes is a "military police" unit and CRS is a true paramilitary unit focused on Crowd control ops.
And basically outside CC events they are all helmet down, body armor down and tactical jacket down making them look more like regular cops when in regular cops duties
And just to come back on the beginning pages where it was subjested to equip all regular cops with SMGs or even AR, i guess that the recent event in NY is an example of what could go wrong with regular patrolmen issued with a 25-30 mag semi auto/full auto weapon