Taser Guns

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:59 am on 12th January 2006.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 11:59 am, 12th January 2006

Police officers in Scotland will not be routinely equipped with Taser guns. Tasers will be issued only to authorised firearms officers who have successfully completed an approved training course in the use of the device. Ministers support the use of Tasers provided that certain criteria are met, including adherence to the "Manual of Guidance on Police Use of Firearms", which was drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. Decisions to deploy firearms in individual situations are, correctly, a matter for chief constables.