Forces awarded extra funding for Taser

2 Mar 2020 03:24 PM

Nearly 8,000 more officers will be able to carry Taser.

Thousands more police officers will be equipped with Taser under a Home Office-funded uplift.

Forces in England and Wales will receive £6.5 million to purchase 7,923 devices, the Home Office has announced.

This could mean nearly 8,000 more officers will be able to carry Taser.

A total of 41 forces submitted bids and all will receive the full amount of money they requested.

Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday said:

Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is a vital option in 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.

This week I also launched our consultation on the Police Covenant which will enshrine their rights in law, recognising their service and sacrifice.

Bidding which launched in January gave all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) the chance to request money from a £10 million ring fenced fund.

Funding applications were based on the threats and risks in their local areas and PCCs outlined how many additional officers they plan to train to use Tasers.

The final funding allocations will cover the period up to March 2021.

£150,000 from the £10 million fund has been allocated to training for Taser instructors. Around £3.3 million remaining from this fund will go towards tackling serious violence and county lines.

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, yesterday said:

Taser is an essential piece of equipment which has saved many police officers 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.

Policing is dangerous and unpredictable, my colleagues need all the support they can get and I hope this extra funding will make a difference.

Katy Bourne, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Chair, yesterday said:

The priority for all Police and Crime Commissioners, alongside keeping the public safe, is the protection and safety of police officers and staff. PCCs recognise and appreciate the exceptional and often dangerous job that officers do to protect the public.

Taser is one of a number of well proven tactical options available to police officers when dealing with an incident with the potential for conflict and we welcome the additional funding for it.

PCCs fully support and welcome the consultation on the Policing Covenant which will help to enshrine their rights in law.

This follows several commitments to back the police with more resources, powers and support.

Other steps include:

Last week the Home Office launched a consultation on a new Police Covenant to recognise the service and sacrifice of the police and enhance support and protection for officers, staff and their families.

Taser funding by region

Force Number of Taser Amount of funding (£)
Avon & Somerset 100 82,500
Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (jointly) 152 125,400
Cheshire 130 107,250
City of London 150 123,750
Cleveland 48 39,600
Cumbria 79 65,175
Derbyshire 200 165,000
Devon & Cornwall 164 135,300
Dorset 315 259,875
Durham 120 99,000
Dyfed Powys 120 99,000
Essex 148 122,100
Gloucestershire 30 24,750
Greater Manchester 100 82,500
Gwent 80 66,000
Hampshire 67 55,275
Humberside 120 99,000
Kent 150 123,750
Lancashire 380 313,500
Leicestershire 100 82,500
Lincolnshire 170 140,250
Merseyside 310 255,750
Metropolitan Police 2,382 1,965,150
Norfolk 132 108,900
Northamptonshire 160 132,000
Northumbria 130 107,250
North Wales 167 137,775
North Yorkshire NO BID -
Nottinghamshire 140 115,500
South Wales 331 273,075
South Yorkshire 156 128,700
Staffordshire NO BID -
Suffolk 68 56,100
Sussex and Surrey (jointly) 328 270,600
Thames Valley 140 115,500
Warwickshire 72 59,400
West Mercia 52 42,900
West Midlands 250 206,250
West Yorkshire 130 107,250
Wiltshire 52 42,900
Total 7,923 Tasers £6,536,475