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More Surrey Police officers to carry tasers

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More Surrey Police officers to carry tasers

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:31pm 4th March 2020.

More Surrey Police Officers will now be armed with tasers as the funding is granted for 250 devices. 

The additional weapons will be available to those who've been trained. 

Eventually, Surrey Police want 80% of their frontline officers to be able to carry a taser. 

£462,000 of funding for the tasers has been granted by the Home Office. 

Police and Crime Commissioners across the country were given the chance to request money from a £10 million Home Office fund and Surrey will receive the full amount of money they requested.

A taser is a less-lethal weapon designed to temporarily incapacitate an individual through the use of an electrical current.

They are mostly used as a deterrent to those who may want to cause harm to themselves or others.

Surrey's PCC David Munro said the use of tasers has been an important tactical option for officers: 

“Police officers are often faced with potentially violent and dangerous situations where the priority is the safety of the public, officers and individuals involved.

“The use of Taser has proven to be an important tactical option in resolving those incidents, the vast majority of the time without the need for the weapon to be discharged.

“I believe we must give our officers the necessary tools to do their job and I fully support the Chief Constable’s view that a Taser should be available for every officer who wants to carry one.

“The extra devices made possible by this funding is a big step towards achieving that ambition and better protecting our officers who put themselves in harm’s way on a regular basis to keep us all safe.”

Chief Inspector Simon Starns said increasing the number of non-firearms officers carrying tasers across the county is critical to keeping officers, suspects and members of the public safe:

“Our Taser 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 and we monitor any developing trends in Taser usage.”