More officers to be armed with Tasers to 'keep public safe'

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An East Midland police force is training more officers in the use of Taser.

Lincolnshire Police says the drive will help resolve incidents quicker while helping to keep the public and its officers safe.

A large number of officers are already trained but this month further officers will undergo the 'rigorous' training with an initial course of four days, covering the law around how Tasers can be used, decision making, human rights that may be engaged and the considerations required for any use of Taser.

Officers are tested every year after their initial training.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West leads on Tasers within the force, he said: When our officers run towards danger I personally want to see them kept safe and leave uninjured, so they can then deal with the next incident.

The lawful use of this device must be considered by the officer at the time, and this is part of their training.

It is my aim to ensure one in every two officers on patrol are trained and equipped with a Taser.

Chief Inspector Mark Garthwaite, from EMOpSS, who manages Taser within Lincolnshire, said: This device keeps the public safe, our officers safe and the people we deal with safer. The device has only been fired 10% of the 209 times it has been drawn.

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