Martyn Underhill responds to Taser uplift announcement
As use of force lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Martyn Underhill has responded to today's Home Office announcement.
Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “The priority for all Police and Crime Commissioners, alongside keeping the public safe, is the protection and safety of police officers and staff.
“The decision to increase the number of Taser Trained Officers is primarily an operational one for Chief Constables to make in discussion with their Police and Crime Commissioner.
“Most PCCs fully acknowledge the need for more Taser trained officers in order to better protect our communities and many are already investing to increase the numbers. We will continue to work alongside Ministers and Chief Constables around the details of this announcement, particularly around the ring-fencing of the funds, as we know that there are concerns amongst PCCs about how this will operate.
“We have a long-established principle of policing by consent in this country, so it is important that the public continues to be consulted on any changes to police deployment of this nature. We also want to work with our policing partners to ensure that there is a robust evidence base around increased use of Taser and the corresponding impact on the number of assaults on police officers.”