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Thames Valley Police given funding for tasers

Its parts of a new fund for the equipment

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:51am 4th March 2020. 2-minute read.

Thames Valley Police given funding for tasers

Thames Valley Police have confirmed they will receive funding for tasers. 

Thames Valley Police applied for a portion of central funding for tasers, hoping to get 280 tasers for their officers.

The Home Office has announced that the Thames Valley has secured funding for 140 new tasers as part of the new fund. 

The additional £115,500 will go towards funding the new equipment for the area and is part of a £10m ring fenced pot of centrally funded money for tasers.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, said:

“We welcome the news that the Thames Valley will receive an additional £115,500 towards funding this important equipment. Tasers will be given to specially trained frontline staff to protect themselves and others in potentially dangerous situations.

“It is vital that our officers are appropriately equipped to deal with a variety of situations in their role and this funding will help us to provide them with the best equipment to do that.

“We’re delighted to be able to equip more staff appropriately in the fight against violent crime.”

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 new Home Office funding has been ring fenced for the next year and provision has also been made to support the training of taser instructors with some £150,000 being allocated.

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