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Police chief wants to understand impact of Taser use

North Yorkshire's police, fire and crime commissioner says she wants to know how a proposal to arm all police in North Yorkshire would "affect the relationship" between the public and officers.

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Julia Mulligan spoke as she launched a consultation on the plans across the county.

"We do need to understand whether that would affect the relationship the public have with their police," she said.

"It's classed as a non-lethal weapon, so when you get fired on it has a profound impact on you and incapacitates you and I think by all accounts it's extremely painful.

"So it is not something to be taken lightly or rushed into.

"It is the chief constable's decision, [arming with Tasers] it's not mine, but it's my job to find out what the public think about these sort of things."

North Yorkshire Police chief surveying public over Tasers

A police force's officers could routinely be armed with Tasers if the idea is backed by the public.

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Julia Mulligan, the police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, is to launch a consultation on the plans across the county.

She said the initial scheme would cost about £900,000, plus £200,00 a year for ongoing training and upgrades.

Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain said training plans were "dynamic and reviewed".

Ms Mulligan said the final decision on deployment of Tasers to officers across the force rested with the Chief Constable Lisa Winward.

Force deals with highest ever number of 999 calls

North Yorkshire's police force is urging people to avoid making unnecessary calls after it received the highest number of 999 calls it's ever had to deal with in a single month.

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The force says last month it dealt with almost 10,000 emergency calls - more than 300 every day.

On 29 June, the hottest day of 2019 so far, the force's control room dealt with nearly 400 calls from across the county.

North Yorkshire Police Control Room Manager, Jane Larkin, says: "There are many examples where a call to 999 is not an emergency, whether a hoax, accidental call, or details of a crime which has already happened that could have been reported via 101.

"Unnecessary 999 calls significantly impact on our ability to deal with genuine emergencies, so I’d really ask the public to think twice before picking up the phone and dialling."

Mother thanks police services after death of Andrew Harper

A mother has written to North Yorkshire Police to say thanks for their service following the death of PC Andrew Harper.

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She said her six-year-old son, who had previously had "bad experiences" with the emergency services because of his family's drug and domestic violence problems, wanted to thank them for "everything you do to keep us safe".

A police constable at Fulford Police Station tweeted: "This is something that really means a lot to all of us that work to protect our local communities."

PC Harper, who got married four weeks ago, was killed while investigating a burglary in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.