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04-28-06, 06:24 AM #1FishTail Guest
Police call for every officer to be issued Taser gun
RANK-and-file police yesterday called for every front-line officer in Scotland to be issued with Tasers to protect them from armed criminals.
Members of the Scottish Police Federation, which represents about 15,000 frontline officers, welcomed the proposals as they were floated at the association's annual conference in Peebles.
Delegates also gave strong support for more police to be allowed to use firearms amid concern over the risk posed by criminals who are increasingly seeking out guns as an "insurance policy".
Currently only a few hundred officers are trained in the use of firearms and controversial Tasers. The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) approved the use of the weapons, which deliver a 50,000-volt electric shock to their target, last year and they are currently being rolled out across the country.
Yesterday, federation delegates heard that Tasers have been used four times since their introduction - twice in situations where the only option was to shoot the suspect.
The motion to consider blanket provision of Tasers for operation officers was put forward by Constable Raymond Pratt, secretary of Strathclyde Police Federation.
Well, it'd be a start.
04-28-06, 06:35 AM #2
It's from the 2003 survey in England and Wales.
I hope all the UK based officers have filled in the 2006 survey got a feeling certainly round my way that more officers will be asking for more kit and more specially trained officers.
The stance at present on Taser
04-28-06, 08:09 AM #3
I hope you all get them, they are a wonderful tool! I would not want to be without one.The opinions given in my posts DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Beans" on LEF.
04-28-06, 12:17 PM #4
I still can not grasp the concept of Police Officers responding to crimes without a weapon no matter what country..
04-28-06, 12:18 PM #5FishTail Guest
Sure I have a weapon. An ASP baton and some pepper spray.
04-28-06, 12:23 PM #6Originally Posted by LongTail
I was thinking more along the lines of a firearm.
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