More Cops With Bigger Guns Will Stop Terrorists, Says French Government
Two police officers from France's Anti-Crime Brigade were among the first to arrive at the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre — one of several terror attacks that brought Paris to a standstill on November 13, 2015.
The police chief and his driver — who were wearing standard bulletproof vests and carrying light service weapons — spotted one of the gunmen and managed to kill him despite having only their handguns. But, ill-equipped against heavy fire from the assault rifles of the other assailants, they were forced to retreat and await backup.
But officers with the BAC, as it's known by its French acronym, will soon be carrying their own assault rifles, as a plan to upgrade the force's equipment kicks in over the coming weeks.
After promising the upgrade several months ago, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that BAC officers would now be toting similar guns and armor as the country's special intervention forces, including assault rifles, ballistic shields, thicker bulletproof vests, and bulletproof helmets.
"Before late February, and at the latest in early March, 204 of these sub-machine guns will have been delivered to BAC officers in and around Paris," the minister told police chiefs, who had gathered at the ministry to hear the announcement.