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March 5, 2007

Feminizing the British Police

Keeping citizens safe might be nice, but the important thing is to advance political correctness. This is why the British police are supplying smaller guns and lighter motorcycles in an attempt to encourage more women to join the force.

The police in Cleveland, England are getting Sig-Sauer P250s instead of the standard Glock 17 because the grip is easier for petite hands to hold. The Heckler-Koch MP5 has been replaced with the lighter G36.

In Humberside, the police have asked Honda to design a new motorcycle, probably because officers must be able to lift their bike off the ground to qualify for the motorcycle unit. Therefore if women can't lift it, it's too heavy.

Not only equipment but training, working hours, and uniforms have been changed in an attempt to feminize the police force. Cheshire Constabulary has changed its entry requirements and training in an attempt "to make it less macho."

Fitness tests are being altered so that women can pass them, begging the question of why they bother with tests that are rigged so that everybody passes. Maybe it builds officers' self-esteem. They're going to need it when they go out and try to do a job for which they aren't physically equipped.

The future of British law enforcement.

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 5, 2007 2:32 PM


I can't vouch for the English, but some American policeMEN say that they can't upright their big Harley Davidsons! And if the Policewomen of the UK find the standard sidearm too bulky, I suggest that they adopt the Colt M1911a1 Government .45 or it's copies, most women who shoot find that the grip fits their hands nicely.
For myself, I like the small grips on revolvers not the large "combat" grips, even though I consider myself "a real man".

Posted by: KHarn at March 5, 2007 2:47 PM


I have to disagree with you over certain aspects of this one...

The Sig P250 (while I myself only carry HK weapons) is chambered for the same caliber as the G17 pistol. Offering a smaller grip makes good sense, in my opinion.

The adoption of the G36 rifle over the MP5 subgun is in fact an upgrade- the 5.56NATO round is far superior to the 9mmP in every sense of the word.

Giving LE/MIL guns that actually fit their hands and are more bearable to hump around all day is a good thing.

Posted by: Darth Bacon at March 5, 2007 3:48 PM

Those guns are for wimps, cops should carry one of these!

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at March 5, 2007 4:30 PM

Nah, they should pack one of these urban peacekeepers.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 5, 2007 6:06 PM

I thought British cops were not allowed to carry guns, so that aspect of the article confuses me. Still, when physical qualifications are watered down to make it possible for women to enter professions that are supposed to be for the protection of the general public, I sure don't feel much safer. I'm all for equality on the job, but women who want to be cops, etc., should have to meet the requirements men do. If they can, great!

Posted by: Pam at March 5, 2007 6:20 PM

Berkeley used to have to be able to carry a sack of cement (ca. 100 lbs.) down a couple of flights of stairs, IIRC. (I'm going back many years, so please pardon me if the numbers are off a bit; they'll give you the idea, however.)

That requirement knocked out most female applicants, so it was scotched, even though most women (especially in Berkeley) and almost all men weigh considerably more than that. Now why would a need to carry heavy weights downstairs? I can't imagine...

Posted by: Jay Guevara at March 5, 2007 10:01 PM

I think these new requirements are great! Now how do we get the bad guys to follow suit and be less macho?

Darn bad guys, they never play by the rules...

Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at March 6, 2007 8:39 AM

Years back, the NYFD had to lower standards so that more women could pass the physical test, but then did not let the men that could not pass the original physical test take the ladies test.

If that's the new British uniform for lady officers, it might work. I'd stop for her.

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