As police you are issued certain items that would be a weapon if anyone else was to carry them. How does this work legally? Is there a general dispensation that allows you to carry items that might otherwise come under the category of offensive weapons or are you only allowed to carry weapons that you have been issued?
Here is the reason I ask. On another post someone asked about the possibility of having a different type of asp from the one issued, on the same post someone else mentions and attachment you can get for a torch to turn it into a weapon (unclear exactly what this is but there are a variety of things on the market).
So if someone were to carry something they weren't issued with, although not significantly different from items they are issued with (ie, I'm not talking about a big knife or a gun), would they be committing an offence?