Chief Constables across England and Wales have announced that they have no plans to issue Taser to all the country’s police officers at this time.
However the National Police Chiefs' Council said that “chief constables make the operational decisions in their force areas and can increase the number of Taser-trained officers if their strategic threat and risk assessments show there is a need.”
The matter was discussed at a meeting of chief constables on 20 January.
National Police Chiefs' Lead for Less Lethal Weapons, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu added: “Chief constables have considered a wider roll out of Tasers to officers across the UK. Chiefs discussed the operational requirements for Taser and calls from the Police Federation for all officers who want a Taser to be given one.
“We have agreed that the current threat and risk picture in the UK does not justify a roll out of Taser to all officers who volunteer at this time; a roll out of this kind could challenge the UK policing model and the principle of policing by consent.
“However, chief constables make the operational decisions in their force areas and can increase the number of Taser-trained officers if their strategic threat and risk assessments show there is a need.”
He added: “Chiefs agreed that any such increase in the future would take place in line with current best practice. Our world class training will not be diluted, increased numbers will be based on an auditable threat and risk assessment that proves they are needed and PCCs, other interested parties and communities will be informed and the impact on communities considered.
“We'll also ensure that we maintain the quality of our recording and monitoring of Taser use.”