Tasers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3352
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The toolkit for Met police officers in dealing with crime has been boosted by the announcement of an increase in Taser carrying officers. In October 2013, Police and Crime Committee produced a report into the rollout of Tasers which recommended 'a proposed programme of public engagement by the MPS to allow it and MOPAC to hear from those directly affected by the changes, before they are agreed'. Would it be fair to say that this decision has been taken without this recommendation having been fully implemented?

Answer

Answer for Tasers

Answer for Tasers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The deployment of Tasers to police officers is an operational matter and consequently is within the gift of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.  The Commissioner discussed the decision and the reasoning for it with the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.  An engagement plan was put in place to inform Londoners of the decision and the rationale for it.