The On-Duty Threat

  • Neil Southern


This chapter explores the terrorist threat which RUC officers encountered when they were on duty. Terrorists were well armed and RUC men and women were exposed to a range of potentially lethal weaponry—hand guns, high velocity rifles, drogue bombs, RPG-7 rockets and mortars. Accordingly, police stations became heavily fortified and officers patrolled in armoured cars and Land Rovers. They also wore body armour when on duty. However, these often proved ineffective against mortar attacks and large culvert and roadside bombs.


Fortified police stations Armoured cars Armoured Land Rovers Mortars RPG-7 rockets 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Sociology and PoliticsSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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