City police officers to routinely carry Tasers

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Police officers across Milton Keynes will now be routinely armed with Tasers as the fight to lower the crime rate in the city continues.

From this week police officers will be patrolling the streets of Milton Keynes armed with the electrical devices, which will only be used when “deemed necessary”.

It is not yet known how strong the Tasers will be or how many officers will be trained to use them.

However, Thames Valley Police has said officers in the city will be equipped with enough devices and officers to use them.

The roll-out comes after a force-wide plan to assess, train and equip more officers with the devices. Before now, only trained firearms officers could carry and use Tasers.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Paul Halstead said: “We have a number of patrol officers who have gone through rigorous training in order to be able to effectively use the devices.”

Superintendent Barry Halliday said: “We are sure that by using them in Milton Keynes we will be able to protect our communities and further prevent crime in the area.

“Of course, the use of Taser devices will only be considered where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to the behaviour officers encounter, and evidence suggests that the threat of using the device is more often enough to make people compliant and reduce the threat of harm and violence.”