Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today unveiled his plan for more highly visible patrols, armed to the teeth with pistols and semi-automatic SIG Carbine rifles (main image), at major landmarks as a deterrent to potential attackers. As well as guns, the new generation of armed officers also have BMW F800GS motorbikes (pictured right) to allow them to scramble to an incident anywhere in the capital and speed boats so they can deploy from the Thames. Today's announcement - dubbed Operation Hercules by the Met - came against a backdrop of warnings from the Police Federation that it will take two years to deliver a promised increase of 1,500 in the trained-strength of armed officers across the country. More British police officers are carrying guns after a spate of attacks on the continent, including the Bastille Day massacre in Nice and the murder of a priest in a Normandy Church last week.

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