Police Equipment

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3582
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Now that Islamist terrorism has become a regular occurrence in London, what plans have been set in hand to ensure that all Met, City of London and British Transport Police officers are armed, or at least, equipped with a taser, whilst on duty on London's streets and transport network.

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Answer

Answer for Police Equipment

Answer for Police Equipment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MPS is currently in the process of delivering a significant uplift in the number of well-equipped and highly trained armed officers who are available to respond to incidents in London 24-hours a day.

Additionally, plans to increase the number of officers who are trained to carry Taser by nearly 1,900, was announced by the Commissioner on 20 June 2017.  This increase is focussed on officers on 24/7 emergency response teams across London's boroughs and will double the availability of Taser to those officers on the frontline.

There are no current plans for the MPS to issue every officer with a firearm or Taser.