In June 2008, a training exercise was carried out by the force’s firearms unit when PC Terry, who was not wearing body armour, was shot in the chest at close range causing fatal injuries. At the Inquest into PC Terry’s death, the jury were critical of the firearms unit and the training regime and returned a verdict of “unlawful killing”. The subsequent investigation by the HSE apparently highlighted a number of failings. They have confirmed there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the force under section 2(1) HSWA 1974, and the officer in charge and a safety officer under section 7 HSWA 1974. Section 7 imposes a duty on employees to consider both their own and others’ health and safety in the course of their work. The Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that following their own investigations into the incident they have made a number of changes to the way firearms officers are trained.
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