Days after the number of our local police personnel was increased, officers in Lytham St Anne’s will have the opportunity to have better access to Tasers as Lancashire’s Police have been granted over £300,000 towards new conducted electric weapons in their fight against crime.
The ring-fenced grant of £313,500 will bring a further 380 Tasers into use across the force. This follows the Government announcement centred upon increased investment to make Tasers more widely available. This will allow Lancashire Constabulary to ensure more officers who want to be equipped and trained to use a Taser can do so.
A Taser fires two small barbed darts which are intended to puncture the skin and remain attached to the target. The effect of a Taser causes localised pain or strong involuntary long muscle contractions.
Elected Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw announced this local initiative by saying: ‘I’m delighted our bid for Taser funding has been successful. This allows us to increase our capacity when it comes to Tasers and provides the force greater flexibility and capacity when making operational decisions all aimed at keeping people safe from harm. Any additional money towards policing in Lancashire is welcome but it is disappointing that this funding does not take into account the ongoing investment required, which includes the increased cost of maintenance and training.
However it is good news that officers, who choose to carry a Taser, will be better placed to protect our communities and themselves at a time of increased pressures on the service, and help tackle violent crime.’
Lancashire’s Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods underlined this by saying: ‘We are determined to ensure that our officers have the right kit to best protect Lancashire’s communities.’
Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty UK’s Police and Security Programme Director, has previously said, “Amnesty recognises that the police have a duty to protect the public and themselves from harm, but we’ve got serious concerns about the use of Tasers becoming the norm for day-to-day policing. The Taser is a potentially lethal weapon and should be treated accordingly.”