Unfortunately, police in this county are, statistically, far too near the top of the national league when it comes to officers murdered while on duty. In addition to the two mentioned above, in 1982 two other unarmed rural police officers were shot and killed and, in 1977, an unarmed detective constable in 'tranquil' Richmond was stabbed to death.
I have the highest regard for the bravery and professional competence of the Metropolitan specialist firearms officers, but comparisons, similar to those made in your article, are both odious and inaccurate.
D. M. BURKE
North Yorkshire Police
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
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