Er, sorry LonesomePolecat; not sure what bit of my post you took to be "snide and rude but I apologise for any offence caused. All I meant was that much of the action and dialogue in a Brit cop show might not be what you’re used to in the US. Too much rhyming slang (“So I gets out of the flounder, sloshes the chocolate round the mush and makes off with the tom…”). No precincts, nobody called “captain” and nobody eating doughnuts.
Until recently, it was very rare to see an armed cop in Great Britain (Northern Ireland was a different kettle of fish) and the TV shows reflected that. But of course the action was always more exciting when The Sweeney drew firearms because the villains were “tooled up”. “The Professionals”, for example, were supposed to belong to a fictional division called “CI5” - a cross between the police and military intelligence - so Bodie and Doyle were armed more often than not.
Nowadays, even in stuff like The Bill, the use of firearms is still pretty rare. Most TV cops who are injured on duty either get stabbed or simply duffed up.
I cannot remember Bergerac ever being armed. But that was on Jersey - the original one, not your imitation, which isn’t even an island.