LONDON: Trained police officers can be equipped with a more effective Taser following the approval of a new model by the Home Secretary Monday (24 August).
Taser 7 is more accurate, faster and compact than previous models – therefore better in its purpose of protecting the public and police.
It will also reduce costs for forces by replacing disposable batteries with rechargeable ones. Upon procurement by forces, officers could start training with the new model within weeks.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: It is sickening that our brave police officers face assaults and attacks as they work tirelessly to keep us all safe.
They are our protectors and I will do everything in my power to give them what they need to keep themselves and the public safe. This new Taser model will provide a safe and effective tool for apprehending criminals. Taser is an important tactical option for police in potentially dangerous situations.
In September 2019 the government announced a £10 million ring-fenced fund to significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser. All 43 police forces across England and Wales will be able to purchase the new model.