Hundreds more Met officers to be equipped with Tasers | London

The Met Police will equip hundreds more officers with Tasers after a spike in violence and knife crime.

Scotland Yard says devices will be issued to 1,867 extra frontline personnel, bringing the total number trained and able to carry the equipment to more than 6,400.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick took the decision following an increase in violent crime in London, including offences involving knifes, as well as rise in assaults against officers.

Keeping the public safe from harm is at the heart of our job. With this uplift, my officers will be better-equipped to protect the public and themselves.

We know that the mere presence of a Taser is often enough to defuse a dangerous situation and often get a suspect to drop their weapon if they’re armed.

Tasers reduce the need for physical contact and also the risk of unintended or unnecessary injuries to all parties.

With the roll-out of body-worn cameras to every uniformed officer, the public can also rest assured that the use of a Taser is correctly recorded and monitored and that the use of it is subject to comprehensive scrutiny.

– Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner

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