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More Tasers For East Yorkshire Police Officers

More Tasers For East Yorkshire Police Officers

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 3rd March 2020. (Updated at 7:18am 3rd March 2020)

More Police Officers in Bridlington and East Yorkshire will be issued with Tasers following a successful bid for funding.

Currently the force is equipped with 150 Tasers. The Home Office recently invited funding bids for additional Tasers and a bid was submitted by the Police and Crime Commissioners Office to help meet the force’s needs.

The bid for £99,000 was successful and, coupled with existing funding, will allow for the purchase of an additional 40 Tasers in the current financial year and a further 80 Tasers in 2020/21. This will take the total number to 270, an 80% increase on current provision. 

The Taser uplift will meet the operational needs of the force over the same period, allowing sufficient devices to be deployed and the training programme to be achieved. 

PCC Keith Hunter said:

“I am delighted that through a bid from my office we will be able to bring the force up to the level of Tasers the Chief Constable considers appropriate, enabling the force to provide an additional element of safety for their officers at a time of increasing numbers of unacceptable assaults and violence against those working on behalf of the public.”

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said,

“This news has been very much welcomed by the Force.

When our officers respond to any situation our primary aim is to protect the public.  It is paramount though to protect our police officers so they are not subject to physical violence and assaults.

In 2019 over 265 police officers in our area were victims of assaults.  They have been punched, kicked, spat at, verbally abused and bitten, suffering bruising, cuts and even broken bones.

Police officers are often faced with violent and unpredictable people, the drawing of a taser can often de-escalate a situation and have a calming effect on individuals which then means that taser is not fully deployed at all.

We currently have 150 tasers at police locations throughout the Force area and have over 420 officers trained in their use. By the end of 2021 it is predicted that over 600 Humberside Police officers will be taser trained.

What this funding will do is enable us to train many more officers in taser use and provide our officers with this additional protective equipment.  It will be carried by trained officers alongside handcuffs, spray and batons.

I know the news of this extra level of protection is welcomed by all front line officers and their families.”

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