Home Office announces how Taser funding will be allocated

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The Home Office has today (1 March) announced how many new Tasers will be made available to forces following its decision to provide £10m of centrally funded money for the vital equipment. 

The allocation details follow a bidding process that gave all PCC's the opportunity to request money from a dedicated, ring-fenced fund. 

Of the 43 forces in England and Wales 41 submitted a request to increase the number of Tasers available to officers. The only two who did not seek an uplift were North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, with Surrey and Sussex; and Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire forces submitting joint bids.

The total number or Tasers asked for by PCCs was 7,923 at a cost of £6.5m – a third under the total amount originally budgeted by the Government. The new money is intended to cover until March 2021.

Provision has also been made to support the training of Taser instructors with some £150,000 being allocated for this, with the remainder of the £10m being used to tackle serious violence and county lines drug gangs.

National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said: “Taser is an essential piece of equipment which has saved many police officers and members of the public from serious injury or worse.

“I have campaigned for ring-fenced funding for more colleagues to have access to Taser and it’s refreshing that the Home Secretary has listened and acted. It’s because of our lobbying that there will be almost 8,000 more Tasers available for my colleagues, this can only be a good thing. 

He continued: “This was a unique opportunity for forces to secure extra protections without shouldering the majority of the cost. I would have liked to have seen every penny of the £10m funding used to fund more Tasers. At a time when officer safety is dominating the headlines, I am surprised that some forces chose not to take advantage of this extra funding.”

Making the announcement, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is an important tactical option in potentially dangerous situations.

“This funding forms part of our commitment to ensure forces have the powers, resources and tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe.”

PFEW has long campaigned for a wider roll-out of Taser with a recent snap-shot poll conducted by PFEW suggesting that  89% of officers would want to routinely carry Taser after being given appropriate training with nearly 97% saying their colleagues should be allowed to carry the devices.

The Home Office’s announcement follows a raft of new policing-related policies which has seen the Government pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers, review sentencing for those who attack police officers and introduce a Police Covenant.

But the Home Secretary has made it clear that the Government expects to see a return on its investment. Speaking at the National Police Chiefs’ Summit this week Ms Patel said she was “unequivocal” in her support for officers but added: “There must be no weak spots… and I will be unapologetic about holding you to account.”

And with the National Police Chiefs’ Council expected to publish its review of police officer safety in the coming weeks – the safety and protection of police officer is likely to remain firmly in the public eye.

Force 

Number of Taser

Amount of funding (£)

Avon & Somerset 

100

82,500

Cambridgeshire

Bedfordshire 

Hertfordshire (jointly)

152

125,400

Cheshire 

130

107,250

City of London 

150

123,750

Cleveland 

48

39,600

8

Cumbria

79

65,175

Derbyshire 

200

165,000

10 

Devon & Cornwall 

164

135,300

11 

Dorset 

315

259,875

12 

Durham 

120

99,000

13 

Dyfed Powys 

120

99,000

14 

Essex 

148

122,100

15 

Gloucestershire 

30

24,750

16 

Greater Manchester 

100

82,500

17 

Gwent 

80

66,000

18 

Hampshire 

67

55,275

19 

Humberside 

120

99,000

20 

Kent 

150

123,750

21 

Lancashire 

380

313,500

22 

Leicestershire 

100

82,500

23 

Lincolnshire 

170

140,250

24 

Merseyside 

310

255,750

25 

Metropolitan Police  

2,382

1,965,150

26 

Norfolk 

132

108,900

27 

Northamptonshire 

160

132,000

28 

Northumbria 

130

107,250

29 

North Wales 

167

137,775

30

North Yorkshire

NO BID

-

31 

Nottinghamshire  

140

115,500

32 

South Wales 

331

273,075

33 

South Yorkshire 

156

128,700

34 

Staffordshire  

NO BID

-

35 

Suffolk  

68

56,100

36 

Sussex

Surrey (jointly)

328

270,600

38 

Thames Valley 

140

115,500

39 

Warwickshire  

72

59,400

40 

West Mercia 

52

42,900

41 

West Midlands 

250

206,250

42 

West Yorkshire 

130

107,250

43 

Wiltshire 

52

42,900

TOTAL

7,923 Tasers

£6,536,475

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