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More tasers for Devon and Cornwall Police

More tasers for Devon and Cornwall Police

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:44pm 3rd March 2020.

Devon and Cornwall Police is getting 164 new tasers thanks to a big cash pot from the government.

Our police boss says tasers are vital in helping to keep officers and the public safe.

The Duchy and Devon force was among the first to offer tasers to all frontline officers who wanted them

Now £135,300 worth of funding will help provide more officers with the tools and training to use them.

"Police officers put themselves in harm's way for the benefit of us all every single day of the week and Taser is a vital tool in keeping them and the public safe.

"I am pleased that the Government has listened to police and crime commissioners on this issue and approved our applications to fund this most useful tool." 

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner

police officer

In April 2019 there were 874 Specially Trained Officers (STOs) authorised to carry tasers in Devon and Cornwall Police, this is forecast to rise to 1,200 by April 1st, 2020.

All substantive uniformed frontline officers are able to request training and if they pass a selection process they are offered the course. 

Bosses say that tasers typically cause less injury than traditional police methods such as police dogs, batons or guns.

"Taser is an essential piece of equipment which has saved many police officers from serious injury or worse.

"I have campaigned for ring fenced funding for more colleagues to have access to Taser and it’s refreshing that the Home Secretary has listened and acted.

"Policing is dangerous and unpredictable, my colleagues need all the support they can get and I hope this extra funding will make a difference."

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation

Across the country, thousands more police officers will be equipped with tasers under the Home Office-funded uplift.

Forces in England and Wales will receive £6.7 million to purchase 8,155 devices.

This could mean more than 8,000 more officers will be able to carry tasers.

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