Derbyshire Police bid for 200 extra Taser devices for the front line

Derbyshire Police has bid for an extra 200 Taser devices for officers on the front line.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 1:36 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 1:37 pm

Police and Crime Commissioners have been invited to bid for money from a new fund set up as part of the Home Office’s drive to give police more powers and tools to tackle crime.

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Derbyshire’s Chief Constable Peter Goodman has previously said he wants to increase the number of Tasers in the county but that they would only be given to officers on a voluntary rather than obligatory basis.

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Derbyshire Constabulary is bidding for 200 extra Taser devices

Assistance Chief Constable Kem Mehmet said: “We are grateful for the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner in his bid to secure additional funding for Taser devices for our officers.

“It’s a fundamental duty of the police to protect the public from harm and the use of Tasers allows specially trained officers to be effective in achieving this responsibility along with protecting themselves and their colleagues.”

Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Having supported the Chief Constable’s ambition to equip frontline officers who wish to have a Taser for the last three years, and campaigned for Government funding, of course I welcome this move. I am grateful that our argument was heard.

“I will ensure that our bid reflects the need for Derbyshire to receive its fair share of the money available, which will allow us to step up our plans to keep people safe.”

Officers who carry Taser receive special training and they must pass a final examination and then take regular refresher courses.