Police officers take Taser training following a rise in violence
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 February 2018
More than 350 Avon and Somerset police officers have been trained to use a Taser since January 2017.
To offer additional protection against after a rise in violence, 379 officers are now trained in using the weapon.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “In the last week alone, there have been 19 assaults on our police officers.
“The uplift in the use of Tasers means our officers are better equipped to protect the public and themselves.
“There’s a lot of misinformation about Tasers and we understand that much of this comes from a lack of knowledge about the circumstances of why, when and where we may use it.”
Body cameras are now worn by frontline officers to ensure the use of Taser is correctly recorded.
Each occasion is analysed by a scrutiny of police powers panel to ensure the use is appropriate.
Taser use figures are reviewed by the panel on a six-month basis.