TECHNOLOGY

Special police officers to get tasers for the first time


Special police officers who receive Taser for the first time as an overburdened armed force are exposed to increasing attacks

  • Voluntary police force that has been used to get tasers for more than ten years
  • Special police officers in Kent are trained to use the potentially deadly tasers
  • Tasers fire two small arrow-like electrodes before delivering a high voltage shock
  • The move takes place weeks after the death of full-time policeman Andrew Harper

Volunteer police are armed with tasers for the first time as overwhelmed forces fight increasing attacks on officers.

Special police officers in Kent are being trained to handle the potentially fatal electropistol and will soon be given the green light to use them on suspects.

They will be the first volunteers to use Tasers in British police history. Other forces could soon arm volunteer officers.

The part-time officials receive the same training as their full-time colleagues. Only those who have been on duty for more than ten years and work 40 hours a month are eligible. A taser is demonstrated above

The move takes place just a few weeks after the death of a full-time police officer who was run over while investigating a burglary.

The murder of PC Andrew Harper meant that all police officers had to be armed with tasers.

Attacks on the police have increased by a third in just four years – an average of 28 police officers per day.

Tasers fire two small arrow-like electrodes before delivering a high-voltage shock to temporarily deactivate a suspect.

They were introduced for firearm officers in 2003, but extended four years later to non-firearm officers known as specially trained officers.

Kent police chief Alan Pughsley announced the plans and told the Policing Insight website: “The first Special Constables course has already started evaluating and training Taser. We train our specials according to the same standards as regular officers. You are on the same calls. It is therefore right to treat them the same way we protect them. "

The murder of PC Andrew Harper meant that all police officers had to be armed with tasers. Attacks on the police have increased by a third in just four years - an average of 28 police officers per day. The scene of his murder is shown above

The murder of PC Andrew Harper meant that all police officers had to be armed with tasers. Attacks on the police have increased by a third in just four years – an average of 28 police officers per day. The scene of his murder is shown above

The National Police Chiefs Council is currently reviewing the case for taser specials, and Mr. Pughsley said he expects the rules to change "immediately."

The part-time officials receive the same training as their full-time colleagues. Only those who have been on duty for more than ten years and work 40 hours a month are eligible.

According to the Interior Ministry, there were 1,112 attacks on officials in 2017/18. PC Harper was mowed down by a vehicle last month while investigating a Berkshire burglary days before he was due to go on his honeymoon. A man aged 20 was charged with murder.

A total of 18 people, including former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, have died after being insulted by the British police. Some activists have raised concerns that part-time police officers receive tasers.

An Amnesty UK spokesman said: "Tasers in the hands of under-trained officers would inevitably mean more mistakes, more abuse, and more tragedy."

A Home Office spokesman said, “Taser is an important tactical option, and all 43 armed forces have officers who can use them. It is up to the chief constables to decide how many of their officers use tasers. "

Special police officers in Kent are being trained to handle the potentially fatal electropistol and will soon be given the green light to use them on suspects. They will be the first volunteers to use Tasers in British police history

Special police officers in Kent are being trained to handle the potentially fatal electropistol and will soon be given the green light to use them on suspects. They will be the first volunteers to use Tasers in British police history

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