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Armed Response Vehicle (ARV)

Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) are part of the Tactical Support Department.

Armed Officer bursting through doorway.The Armed Response Vehicle which has been in place in Staffordshire since 1990 is made up of a team of highly trained and motivated Officers who respond to incidents involving armed or dangerous individuals requiring a firearms response. Each ARV is staffed by two uniformed Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) who are routinely armed carrying a sidearm during their duty. The vehicle carry's a variety of specialised equipment to assist in armed incidents and support colleagues across the Force.

Our crews deploy across Staffordshire 24/7 to ensure we can provide a quick response to any armed incident within the county or mutual aid to surrounding Forces. When not engaged in armed incidents Officers provide support to:

Follow the work of our ARV Teams on Twitter @Staffsdogs where you can see our daily Policing activity along with insights into our training.