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PFEW: Chiefs have Taser funding, so what’s next?

PFEW: Chiefs have Taser funding, so what’s next?
Last week was a massive win for the PFEW with the Government announcement of £10million for a wider roll-out of Taser   This means more colleague...
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Home Office announces £10 million for Taser uplift

Home Office announces £10 million for Taser uplift
The additional ring-fenced funding will significantly increase the number of officers carrying the devices in England and Wales. The Home Office is gi...
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PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY BACK CALL FOR ALL POLICE TO CARRY TASERS

PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY BACK CALL FOR ALL POLICE TO CARRY TASERS
An exclusive LBC poll suggests 73% of the public think that all police officers in the UK should be armed with tasers. The survey of Police Federation...
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Police Chief wants to arm all his officers with Tasers

Police Chief wants to arm all his officers with Tasers
A CHIEF CONSTABLE is fighting back against violence in lawless Britain by arming all his officers with Taser stun guns. Nick Adderley of Northampton P...
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UK crime SHAME: Shock figures reveal 'appalling' attacks on police officers each day

UK crime SHAME: Shock figures reveal 'appalling' attacks on police officers each day
VIOLENT assaults on police have risen by a third in just four years, new figures reveal. Officers are being injured on duty at a rate of 28 a day as t...
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PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers

PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst police officers in the UK is far more common than was ever thought, a new survey suggests. One PC descri...
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Decision to allow student officers access to Taser

Decision to allow student officers access to Taser
The decision to allow student officers access to Taser has been hailed as a ‘victory for our members and for common sense’ by the Chair of the Police ...
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Police chiefs' concern over 'shortage of armed officers'

Police chiefs' concern over 'shortage of armed officers'
Senior police leaders have said a rise in gun crime and a looming recruitment shortfall are leaving some specialist armed officers "stretched". Figure...
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Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism

Armed police deployed across South Yorkshire after "explosion of violent crime" and threat of terrorism
Armed police were deployed more times in South Yorkshire last year than at any other time in the last decade, as the number of armed officers reached ...
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500 attacks on Norfolk police officers in a year prompts Tasers vow from chief constable

500 attacks on Norfolk police officers in a year prompts Tasers vow from chief constable
Every Norfolk officer could be armed with a Taser by 2021 – in response to the shocking news that there were 500-plus attacks on police in the past ye...
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Risk of ‘postcode lottery’ for Taser as police representative demands Home Office funds kit

Risk of ‘postcode lottery’ for Taser as police representative demands Home Office funds kit
TASER must be funded by central government instead of costing police forces cash from their budget, a police representative has insisted in a letter t...
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Force sets roll-out date for latest Taser model

Force sets roll-out date for latest Taser model
A force has begun training its firearms officers to use the latest Taser model. Staffordshire Police has invested £128,000 to supply each officer from...
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Officers overwhelmingly favour new Taser

Officers overwhelmingly favour new Taser
One hundred per cent of officers prefer the Taser X2 to the old model, according to Home Office research. Analysis of the new Taser found its two-shot...
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Guns seized as 12 arrested in cross-channel investigation

Guns seized as 12 arrested in cross-channel investigation
   Twelve people, including a serving Border Force officer , have been arrested as part of an international operation targeting a crime grou...
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Major new roll-out of Taser across Northamptonshire Police's frontline officers

Major new roll-out of Taser across Northamptonshire Police's frontline officers
On Wednesday 6th September saw the first phase roll-out of Taser to an additional 100 Northamptonshire Police response officers. The Force – along wit...
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Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests
Morale is low among three in every five police officers, a survey by the body representing rank-and-file officers in England and Wales suggests. The P...
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police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years

police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years
The number of police officers taking sick leave because of mental health problems has nearly doubled in just six years. The London’s Met saw a drastic...
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Additional 1800 officers to be equipped with Taser

Additional 1800 officers to be equipped with Taser
The Met Commissioner has today, Tuesday, 20 June, announced her decision to equip an additional 1,800 officers across the Met with Taser to better pro...
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When I joined the Police I resolved never to carry a gun. But I've changed my mind

When I joined the Police I resolved never to carry a gun. But I've changed my mind
  The Guardian - I’ve been a police officer for 20 years. When I joined the service I resolved that if I was ever required to carry a gun, ...
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New national infrastructure police could be used to boost firearm officers

Police Oracle - Future of three forces in doubt if Tories win election.The formation of the biggest new police force in years could take place if the Conservatives win the General Election.

The party has pledged to create a national infrastructure police force by “bringing together” the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police.

It is an idea that has been examined for some time by the government – with the national media briefed in 2015 that it would be a fully armed force designed to respond to a terror attack using powerful firearms. However the forces involved were informed the idea was being shelved for the next few years two months ago.

Proposals examined by the government in the strategic defence and security review included the possibility of bringing Highways England officers and Home Office forces’ road policing units into the new force.

PoliceOracle.com has asked the Conservative Party for more details about the nature of the new force, including if the proposal is for full-blown mergers, but we are yet to receive any response. Academic and retired officer Tim Brain said: “I think this could be a very significant development.

“When they are talking about a firearms officer numbers they already include national forces, so I expect that this will be presented as part of an uplift and form a sort-of tactical reserve. “I expect they will try and use that national force to try and offset some of the cuts to local forces. “If you look across the channel at what France has with its Gendarmerie and the capability we have seen it use, I think that may have inspired this.” Individual forces have slashed their number of firearms officers in recent years and have not swiftly delivered the uplift in numbers the government pledged following the Paris attacks.

Defence Police Federation chairman Eamon Keating told PoliceOracle.com his priority will be to find out details as soon as possible if the Tories win the election. “This has been looked at several times by different reviews including the last one which went on for just over a year and ended up with a decision that the three forces would work more closely together and collaborate more, and that it would be looked at again after the Brexit negotiations – so at least 2020,” he said. “If the Conservative Party win the election and if this forms part of the new policy going forward we will look to engage immediately with whoever is responsible and ascertain what the implications are.”

British Transport Police chief executive Charlotte Vitty told a parliamentary committee earlier this year that rail companies – who fund the force - were not keen on the proposal. Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock added that the force is already going through the complicated process of being merged into Police Scotland north of the border, and also pointed out that if it was straightforward to integrate the force into others it would already have been.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary and MOD Police operate across the UK whereas BTP will soon just operate in England and Wales – so where the new force’s activities would start and end is also unclear. The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly spoken out against the merger of BTP into Police Scotland. At one stage they issued a statement claiming that “transport policing is arguably more of a transport issue than a policing one” and describing the force as “one of the most successful arms of the justice system”.

Drew Hendry the SNP candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, said:"This pledge in the Tory manifesto leaves their position on integrating British Transport Police into Police Scotland in utter chaos, and shows up their overblown rhetoric on our plans for exactly what it is. "How can they possibly support their colleagues in England doing effectively the same thing whilst opposing the Scottish Government doing this here? "Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster - only then can we protect Scotland from the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster."

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