More police to use tasers

Published: 10 Jan 2013 11:300 comments

MORE police teams across the Thames Valley will be equipped with tasers.

Following consultation with officers, local police area commanders and the Police Federation, the chief constable's management team has implemented a plan that will see more officers being selected, assessed and trained to be equipped with the devices.

This will see the number of Thames Valley Police officers trained to use tasers increase by 280 to 485. This equates to a rise from 4.9 percent of officers to 11 per cent.

Chief constable Sara Thornton said: "Officers will be specially selected and trained for this role and I am satisfied that the continued use of the taser device across the force area will only be considered in those cases where it is necessary and proportionate to the behaviour the officers encounter."

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