Taser Use (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0640
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

It has been recently reported that the MPS will be deploying '100 more' officers armed with Tasers. How many officers are actually armed with taser today (12th February 2015)?

Answer

Answer for Taser Use (1)

Answer for Taser Use (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Within the Metropolitan Police Service, there are 3830 officers authorised to carry Taser; these officers are based in the following areas:

a) Authorised Firearm Officers 2132

b) Specially Trained Units (STU's):

       Borough Operational Command Unit (BOCU) officers: 1320

       Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers: 378

The current baseline number of MPS Territorial Policing (TP) Taser trained officers permitted to be deployed per shift is 4 officers. This equates to 128 Taser trained officer's across TP at any one time. There will also be additional numbers of Taser trained officer's from armed commands and the Territorial Support Group on patrol and available.

Since the increased threat level to police officers, authority has been given for MPS Boroughs to deploy any additional Taser trained officers they have on duty, from 4 Taser trained officers to 8 based on local counter terrorism threat assessments.