Lawless Britain: Police chief promises to arm EVERY officer with Taser guns after violence



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Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police said “enough is enough” and pledged to tackle the scourge of violent assaults with the 50,000 volt weapons for frontline staff. His force will become the first in Britain to issue the guns as standard in a move that has received the backing of his police and crime commissioner. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Express last night he said: “I can’t sit here and preside over a situation where my officers are exposed to increasing levels of violence when at my disposal is equipment that could save an officer’s life. Enough is enough.

“Mine will be the first force to issue a Taser to every officer who wants one.”There is mounting concern tens of thousands of beat officers are ill-equipped to deal with the life-threatening danger posed by criminals operating with impunity on Britain’s Wild West streets.In Northamptonshire there has been a near 50 per cent increase in attacks on the police in two years.Standard issue protective equipment for officers includes a baton, CS spray, leg and arm restraints and handcuffs. But the deployment of Taser is a matter for individual forces, meaning the majority of officers do not carry them because of cost.There are only around 17,000 Taser-trained police out of 123,000 officers in England and Wales.

Experts want the Home Office to fund the purchase, training and use of the weapon to ensure there is blanket coverage to combat the violence they face every day.John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales which represents rank and file officers, said: “We should ensure every officer who wants to carry Taser can do so. I have heard the argument that this is expensive, but officer safety should never come second to balancing the books.“We can’t have police officers feeling vulnerable because they don’t have the equipment to protect and defend themselves - that’s morally incomprehensible.”The call to arms comes after one of policing’s darkest weeks in which 28-year-old newlywed PC Andrew Harper was killed when he was dragged responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire.PC Harper, based with Thames Valley Police’s roads and traffic command, was killed on Thursday night becoming the first officer to die on duty since PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death outside Parliament in March 2017.

A week before the tragedy Met Police officer PC Stuart Outten, 28, was stabbed in the head as he tried to stop a van suspected of having no insurance in Leyton, east London. He Tasered his assailant despite receiving multiple stab wounds.PC Gareth Phillips, 42, was left with potentially life-changing injuries including a broken pelvis and head, abdominal and other internal injuries after he was run over by his own patrol car in Birmingham.Mr Adderley said it would take between 18-months and two years to train and equip all frontline officers at an initial cost of £220,000.Priority will be given to first response officers and neighbourhood units before the weapon is rolled out across the force.He said: “It is my submission Taser will be standard issue equipment in three years but I am not prepared to wait three years for that to happen so I have pressed the button now.“I went to see the Police and Fire Crime Commissioner [Stephen Mold] yesterday <> and he was fully supportive.“My officers are being subjected to increasingly violent assaults and there are people out there who are prepared to seriously injure - or worse.“We haven’t moved with the times and we have to move with the times to combat the threat we are facing daily from those who simply have no respect for law and order.“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I sat here and didn’t take the steps necessary to give my officers equipment that could save their lives and the lives of the public we serve.“The vast majority of the public are law-abiding, decent people but for a small element there has been a compete breakdown of respect for the law.”The move comes as a recent Police Federation survey found 94 per cent of officers said Taser should be issued to more frontline officers.Home Office figures show conducted energy devices <>, as Tasers are known, were used in 17,100 incidents in the year to March 2018, up from 11,300 a year before.However, in 85 per cent of cases they were not discharged. If an officer draws his Taser, aims it and places a red-dot on the suspect the weapon is classified as being used, but not discharged. In most cases this is enough to quell the threat.The most common reason for their use was personal protection and to make an arrest. In 7,500 incidents last year the assailant was carrying a weapon.

The deployment of Taser is an operational decision for individual chief constables who determine the number of devices and specially trained officers they need based on a force’s strategic assessment of threat and risk.An officer’s ability to carry Taser is determined by the amount of time someone has been in the force. All officers who carry the weapon are required to have the support of their supervisor, endorsement at Superintendent level and pass the Taser training course.The weapon was first introduced in 2004 on a trial basis before being used by specially trained units. Officers receive 18-hours training over three days - the longest of anywhere in the world.Tory MP and former special constable David Davies, who has received Taser training, said: “All officers should be trained to use Taser and carry them if they wish.“It is more effective in many situations than the asp [baton] which all officers carry and is less likely to cause injury to the subject as well.“The point of the Taser is to keep somebody at bay and in the vast majority of cases it is not deployed.”Bobbies were victims of 10,399 assaults which caused injuries last year - up 32 per cent from 7,903 in 2015/16. There were a further 20,578 assaults that did not cause injuries.


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