Tasers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17512
Question By: 
Susan Hall
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please can you provide the the following information:

-How many police officers are equipped with tasers?

-How many police officers are being trained to use tasers?

-How many police officers have requested to use tasers?

-How many police officers are eligible to apply for a taser/taser training if they wanted one?

-What plans are there to equip Special Constables with tasers?

Answers

Tasers

Tasers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response. Please be advised that there may be some delay as the information also requires input from functional bodies.

Tasers

Tasers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has a total of 6099 Taser officers authorised in the use of Taser.  Following MPS Management Board discussions this number should reach 6500 by November 2019.  A further uplift will bring in an additional 330 Taser users by March 2020. These decisions are based on a Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment and are kept under review by the Commissioner.

No records are kept of how many officers request to use a Taser.  Several commands have requested for Tasers to be extended to some of their officers, and these requests will be considered.

As decisions concerning taser are not made on a Force wide basis and are based on threat and risk it is not possible to specify how many officers are eligible to apply to use taser.  However, at present officers in their probation are not eligible to be trained in taser.

The use of Taser by the Special Constabulary is currently subject to review by the National Less Lethal Working Group chaired by DAC Lucy D’Orsi.