Sussex PCC to bid for more Tasers for frontline officers
The Home Office announced this week (13th January) a £10m ring fenced fund to better protect officers in the line of duty. Police & Crime Commissioners have been invited to apply for part of this funding to equip more frontline officers with Taser devices.
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has confirmed that she will be working with Chief Constable Giles York to submit a bid for Sussex.
“I am pleased that the Government is making this fund available so that we can better protect those who put themselves at risk to keep us all safe.
"Ultimately the decision to give Tasers to officers is an operational one for the Chief Constable to make but I have been assured that they will continue to be made available for Sussex Police officers who want to carry one.”
Announcing the Taser funding boost, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and I am committed to giving them the tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe."
Carrying a Taser is just one of a number of tactical options available to police officers when dealing with an incident where there is potential for conflict.
Sussex Police will ensure that the appropriate training is in place and that any usage is proportionate, lawful and accountable.
Superintendent Howard Hodges explained: “A Taser is a very useful tool for police but is not without its challenges, especially when dealing with vulnerable members of society.
“We have taken a great deal of time and effort to try and get the use of Taser right; our training for staff is some of the most comprehensive in the country but we are not complacent.
“Each incident where a Taser is drawn or used is reviewed by a senior officer so that lessons may be learned and we monitor any developing trends in Taser usage."
Government announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-leaders-to-start-bidding-for-more-taser-from-today