Armed police are required twice a day on Merseyside, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The Liverpool Echo report:
ARMED police are called to deal with criminals on Merseyside nearly twice a day, the ECHO can reveal.
Specially trained officers armed with Glock pistols were called to action 706 times in 2011-12 – and just under 5,000 times in the last seven years.
The number of times when armed officers took to the streets was up nearly 10% on the 12 months from 2010-11, according to an ECHO Freedom of Information request.