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Taser roll-out snubbed by police

Posted By admin On June 22, 2009 @ 3:34 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

S. L. Baker
London Telegraph [1]
Monday, June 22, 2009

A major extension of Tasers is being snubbed by some police forces in a blow to the Home Office plans to roll out the controversial non-lethal weapon, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

At least two forces, including the country’s largest, have ruled out extending the stun guns to more officers while another two have still not made any decision.

It comes as separate figures show the expansion of Tasers will cost the equivalent of 60,000 police days and almost £10 million to train additional officers to use them.


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The use of stun guns was questioned earlier this month when video footage in Nottingham appeared to show an officer shock a man at least twice while he was lying on the floor.

The weapons were initially only available to specially trained firearms officers but last November Jacqui Smith, the then Home Secretary, announced plans to fund the provision of 10,000 Taser guns nationally and training for up to 30,000 frontline officers to use them.

However, it has emerged Sussex Police has now joined the Metropolitan Police in refusing to extend the use of Tasers to non-firearms officers.

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[3] Police Taser use ‘up nearly a third’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-taser-use-up-nearly-a-third.html

[4] UK Cops To Get 10,000 New Taser Guns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-cops-to-get-10000-new-taser-guns.html

[5] Hawthorne police review use of Taser on Autistic middle school student: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hawthorne-police-review-use-of-taser-on-autistic-middle-school-student.html

[6] Chicago police expanding Taser use: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chicago-police-expanding-taser-use.html

[7] Fears of Taser overuse as children and the elderly are targeted by police stun guns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fears-of-taser-overuse-as-children-and-the-elderly-are-targeted-by-police-stun-guns.html

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