Police: Stun Guns

Home Office written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of equipping more police officers with Taser non-lethal weapons, and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

We are committed to giving the police the necessary tools to do their job and TASER®, a form of conducted energy device (CED), provides officers with an important less-lethal, tactical option when facing potentially physically violent situations.

While its use must be in line with the Home Secretary’s authorisation of the device, the deployment of TASER® is an operational matter for Chief Officers. It is for them to determine the number of devices and specially trained officers based on their force assessment of threat and risk.

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