Hampshire police are spending £20,000 on training more officers to use taser guns. They already have 300 officers trained to use them, and another 60 frontline officers will soon also be able to carry a taser.
A Thames Valley police officer has been suspended after losing his Taser device in Windsor.
The device was lost by the officer yesterday afternoon whilst leaving the Windsor Great Park area to attend an immediate attendance incident in the Datchet area.
Supt Steve Williams, head of the tactical firearms unit, said: “We believe the device was lost in Windsor Great Park prior to the officer exiting the park into Bishops Gate Road. An extensive search is taking place to locate it.
Although the device has no cartridges attached to it, there is still the potential for it to cause harm if used or handled incorrectly. If anyone comes across the device they need to contact Thames Valley Police immediately, as it is an offence to unlawfully possess this sort of device.”
A 42-year-old man was Tasered after he was seen pointing a knife at his own throat near Downing Street in London, Scotland Yard said.
He was challenged by police just before 9pm yesterday but failed to respond so the electronic weapon was used.
The man had been shouting in the road and appeared to have a knife that he was pointing at his throat.
He suffered a minor head injury when he fell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and affray, and remains in custody.
Sussex Police is to arm more officers with Taser weapons. Next Monday, the force will join others around the country in allowing some specially trained, non-firearms officers, to be able to use the stun guns. Malcolm Shaw reports.,
Sussex Police is to arm more officers with Taser weapons.
Next Monday, the force will join others around the country in allowing some specially trained, non-firearms officers, to be able to use the stun guns.
Around 160 officers are currently being trained in using the Taser, representing around 8 per cent of the force.
Currently only firearms officers in Sussex are authorised to use the guns that deliver a debilitating electric shock.
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