At some point after 2002 the defendant joined the Kent Special Constabulary, before joining the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in 2011. In September 2018, he joined the Metropolitan Police.
In Feb 2020, the defendant began working for the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command (PaDP), as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO), working at various diplomatic premises around Central London.
He was issued with a number of items of police uniform and equipment, including body armour and a set of stiff handcuffs (with a rare serial number 47181).
The defendant was part of a 14-PC team within the PaDP Command, based at Lillie Road, West Brompton.
During the latter part of 2020, he was not able to carry a firearm and had undertaken office-based work for several months, as a consequence of having consistent a finger injury in July 2020, which he told work colleagues had been caused during a drilling accident.
He was assessed as being fit for complete duties in December 2020, and was due to return to Team A in January 2021.
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