Stephen Smith, veteran of over a thousand armed operations during his twenty-two years with the Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Command was born in south London in 1960. He joined the Met at nineteen and after twelve years in uniform passed selection for PT17, the Met's firearms unit, where he was selected to work on the Specialist Firearms Teams, experiencing first-hand the explosive and controversial world of police firearms operations. Between operational postings Stephen has taught most aspects of armed policing. He retired from the Met in 2013 after thirty-three years' service.
"An absolutely fascinating and focused insight into the history of this Unit, told by an officer who has served at the sharp end." - Keith Skinner, author 'The official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard' "A 'must have' and a 'must read' volume for anyone with a real interest in the subject" - Roger Gray, author 'The Trojan Files' and 'Target Trojan' 'An interesting and historical insight into the world of police specialist firearms operations in the Capital' - Chris Ryan, author "Stop! Armed Police!' is more than a reference book, it is part of the history and folklore of the Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Unit and gives a well written and interesting factual insight into some of the many operations undertaken by the unit.' - Steve Collins, author of 'The Good Guys Wear Black'