Taser deployment and new officers (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6102
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In answer to my question 2018/0824, you told me that though the National Police Chief’s Council Taser guidance had been amended to: “allow probationer constables to be trained in the use of Taser. The MPS does not currently plan to train probationers in the use of Taser.” Is this still the case, and what is the minimum length of service currently needed before a Metropolitan Police Service officer can use a Taser?

Answer

Taser deployment and new officers (2)

Taser deployment and new officers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Taser coverage across MPS, in line with armed deployments, is governed by the annual Armed Policing Strategic Threat Assessment (APSTRA).  Through this assessment the numbers of Taser STOs (Specially Trained Officers) is kept under review.  MPS has a Taser Uplift Programme which will increase STOs in Front Line Policing to 3303 by November 2019, and at present the threat assessment does not highlight the need to provide probationary officers with Taser Training at this time (the probationary period is currently 2 years).