Tasers and single officer use

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3017
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the Police and Crime Committee meeting on 21 June 2017, Assembly Members were sent an email by the Metropolitan Police Service on 20 July 2017 noting "The old MPS policy stated that Taser officers on boroughs had to be deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own." The email went on to say that "All frontline officers will have body worn video by end of 2017, including the officers who use Taser; this will greatly improve transparency of how Taser is used, and helps provide vital understanding as to what happens at any incident." Can you guarantee Londoners that all police officers carrying a Taser will only be authorised to deploy while on their own if they are equipped with body worn video?

Answer

Answer for Tasers and single officer use

Answer for Tasers and single officer use

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Body Worn Video (BWV) roll out to frontline officers is on target to be completed by the end of October and the MPS expect that Taser equipped officers will have BWV. This is an important ambition as the use of body worn video in critical situations can help build confidence in the deployment of such a tactic and provide additional accountability. 

In certain circumstances, for example in the event of a technical issue with the BWV system, preventing officers from deploying a Taser could put members of the public or police officers in greater danger. The cameras will be personal issue and, should an individual camera develop a fault, a pool camera will be available, thus drastically reducing the likelihood of a Taser officer deploying without BWV.