DORSET PCC TAKES PART IN TASER AWARENESS TRAINING

Dorset Police officers are there to protect the county and restore order to situations without the use of force where possible.

DORSET PCC TAKES PART IN TASER AWARENESS TRAINING

On occasions, officers may need to use force to protect themselves and the wider community – however this should always be proportionate and justified.

The use of tasers is a controversial topic and something I wanted to find out more about as on average in Dorset, a taser is drawn once a week and fired once a month. As an ex-police officer, I have been trained in the use of other control techniques such as pepper spray, batons, public order shields and handcuffs. However, taser arrived as I retired, and I attended todays training to become more aware of the rationale for deployment, how they are deployed and how they can support the way our streets are policed.

My role as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset is to represent the public in policing and hold the force to account for their actions. I have met several constituents in my one-to-one surgeries who have discussed the use of taser on themselves or their loved ones and it is hard to scrutinise and challenge the police if you don’t understand the process.

Having taken part in the training I am now much more informed as to how officers make decisions on the use of tasers, how they are deployed and the effects on the body which are brief but effective.


Martyn Underhill
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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