More Taser trained police for Herts
PUBLISHED: 14:03 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 01 May 2013
MORE Taser trained cops are set to hit the streets of Hertfordshire.
Herts Police plans to up the number of stun gun ready officers from 125 to 160, with the majority of the new weapon savvy police to be in teams that respond to 999 calls.
A police spokesman said: “The purpose of this increase is to manage this resource consistently across the whole force area.
“The majority of officers who will receive the specialist Taser training will be from teams that respond to 999 calls and emergencies.
“All officers who use Taser are trained to national standards and follow strict guidance around their use.”
The increase will cost the force £22,000.
Herts Police Federation said they welcome the move and say it follows a review into the distribution of specialist officers across the county.
General secretary, Vojislav Mihailovic, told the WHT Tasers were the safest non-lethal weapons used by the force.
He said: “I think it is the threat [they will be used that stops people] much more.
“It seems when people get the red dot, they stop and pack it in.
“It is a safer option for officers, potentially it is a safer option for those it gets used on.”
The Herts police move follows an increase in Cambridgeshire which will see 120 more officers trained.
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