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Bid for more tasers for Thames Valley Police

The area's Police & Crime Commissioner has put in a bid to the government.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:48pm 21st January 2020. (Updated at 2:35pm 22nd January 2020) 2-minute read.

Bid for more tasers for Thames Valley Police

280 more tasers could be given to police across the Thames Valley.

The area's Police and Crime Commissioner is bidding for the kit, saying they would better protect the public.

It's part of a nation-wide project to get 10-thousand more officers using tasers.

Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, said:

"There is significant public support for the use of tasers by appropriately trained officers.

"Thames Valley has previously increased the number of taser trained officers across the Force and this further boost will ensure we can best equip our police officers and therefore better protect the public across the Thames Valley.

"With this equipment will be a period of training for our officers to use the tasers. This, along with the 183 additional officers we will receive in the first wave of new recruits, will only strengthen the resilience of Thames Valley Police."

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said:

"Our brave police officers put themselves in harm's way to protect us and I am committed to giving them the tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe.

"The rise in assaults on officers is appalling which is why I am providing funding to equip up to 10,000 more officers with tasers - an important tactical option when facing potentially physically violent situations."

The opening of bidding follows the Home Secretary's commitment to put more officers carrying tasers on our streets through a £10 million ring fenced fund, allowing them to better protect themselves and others from harm.

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