The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said more officers in London will carry a Taser, but a fifth do not want to use them.

Speaking on LBC, Dame Cressida Dick said the force has around 6,500 Tasers, up from 4,400 when she became head of the force in 2017, and a further increase will be announced next month.

While Met bosses are making more of the devices available, there are no plans to give all officers a Taser.

About 20% of my people have said in a survey they don't really want to carry Taser, thank you very much. It is a very powerful bit of kit, it is also potentially a very dangerous bit of kit. You've got to be a really good decision-maker, you've got to be really fit.

Dame Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner
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  • The Commissioner has also asked the Government for 6,000 of the additional 20,000 police officers that are due to be recruited over the next three-and-a-half years

  • The Met is due to have around 31,000 officers by December this year, and if the boost is granted it would give the force its highest ever number of officers