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  1. Published on: 28/09/2019 09:35 AMReported by: roving-eye
    The Home Office is giving police forces £10 million in additional funding to significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser.



    The ring-fenced funding could mean over 10,000 more police officers in England and Wales will be able to carry the devices to help protect themselves and the public from harm.


    Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
    I’ve been completely appalled by the recent spate of serious assaults on police officers, which is why I’m giving chief constables the resources to dramatically increase the number of their officers who carry tasers.


    They keep us safe and now I’m giving them what they need to keep themselves safe on the job.

    Taser is an important tactical option for police in potentially dangerous situations.


    Officers have to elect to be specially-trained to use Taser and it is for Chief Constables to decide how many carry the devices based on strategic assessments of threat and risk in their force areas.


    A recent Police Federation of England and Wales survey found 94% of officers think Tasers should be issued to more frontline staff.


    The number of officers eligible to carry the device was already increased in February this year when the then Home Secretary gave permission for specially-selected student officers to be trained in carrying them.


    Today’s additional funding follows the government’s promise to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years.


    In addition, the National Policing Board has been established to oversee the response to the most pressing policing issues affecting communities.


    The Home Office is also accelerating plans to establish a police covenant which will focus on the physical protection of officers, their health and wellbeing, and support for the families of those injured or killed in the line of duty.

     

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  3. thediscovolante says:28/09/2019 02:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by roving-eye View Post
    The Home Office is giving police forces £10 million in additional funding to significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser.



    The ring-fenced funding could mean over 10,000 more police officers in England and Wales will be able to carry the devices to help protect themselves and the public from harm.


    Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
    I’ve been completely appalled by the recent spate of serious assaults on police officers, which is why I’m giving chief constables the resources to dramatically increase the number of their officers who carry tasers.


    They keep us safe and now I’m giving them what they need to keep themselves safe on the job.

    Taser is an important tactical option for police in potentially dangerous situations.


    Officers have to elect to be specially-trained to use Taser and it is for Chief Constables to decide how many carry the devices based on strategic assessments of threat and risk in their force areas.


    A recent Police Federation of England and Wales survey found 94% of officers think Tasers should be issued to more frontline staff.


    The number of officers eligible to carry the device was already increased in February this year when the then Home Secretary gave permission for specially-selected student officers to be trained in carrying them.


    Today’s additional funding follows the government’s promise to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years.


    In addition, the National Policing Board has been established to oversee the response to the most pressing policing issues affecting communities.


    The Home Office is also accelerating plans to establish a police covenant which will focus on the physical protection of officers, their health and wellbeing, and support for the families of those injured or killed in the line of duty.

    im sorry bad criminals when faced with a tazer would just shoot the officer with a gun....we need our police well armed as most police forces in the world...the nice days have gone and the police need proper protection as do the public....if a police officer turns up to someone with a knife robbing me i wanthim shot...not just tingled..
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  5. donkey22 says:28/09/2019 07:15 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by thediscovolante View Post
    im sorry bad criminals when faced with a tazer would just shoot the officer with a gun....we need our police well armed as most police forces in the world...the nice days have gone and the police need proper protection as do the public....if a police officer turns up to someone with a knife robbing me i wanthim shot...not just tingled..
    i
    Nonsense! Having specialised armed response units is perfectly adequate to deal with the low rates of gun crime in this country. In fact, per capita, the U.K. has the second lowest rate of gun crime in the world. Arming your police force doesn’t equate to lowering your crime rates. Look at the USA and the mess they’re in.

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  7. gazaprop says:30/09/2019 09:43 AM
    In 2018 the U.S. - a country of circa 327 million - had 47 Police Officers shot and killed.

    In the same year the U.K. - population circa 66 million had no Police Officers shot and killed. Maybe the bad men with guns were on their jollies that year?

    Is it proportionate therefore to demand that the Police be armed and, given a shoot to kill policy, under which to act?

    Most sensible people would arrive at the conclusion - no.

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