A POLICE force has launched a plea for officers who would like to be sharpshooters.

When it comes to numbers, Cleveland Police's team of Authorised Firearms Officers falls short of its target.

The section has 75 firearms officers but needs 150 trained personnel to make sure working regulations are not contravened.

Training officer Sergeant Derek Knight said he wanted officers capable of making correct decisions under pressure and ideally, more women officers. The unit has two.