Cambridgeshire

Taser-trained Cambridgeshire police officers to treble

The number of police officers trained to use Taser stun guns in Cambridgeshire is to more than treble.

Currently 55 firearms specialists are trained to carry Tasers. It will cost the force £62,000 to train a further 120 officers in their use.

Ch Insp Nick Church said: "Extending the use of Taser across the force will enhance the safety of both the public and officers."

Cambridgeshire's firearms officers have used the electronic weapons since 2006.

'Violent, unstable offenders'

Ch Insp Church said: "The threat of using Taser, where a red dot appears on the person's torso, is often enough to quieten an offender so they can be dealt with without injury to them, officers or members of the public.

"Our officers have to deal with violent, often unstable, offenders and this simple device is one of a number of tactical options officers can use when there is a threat to a member of public or an officer."

Since 1 January 2012, Tasers have been deployed 432 times in Cambridgeshire, people have been "red-dotted" on 37 occasions and there have been three discharges.

There have not been been any injuries or medical problems as a result of using the stun guns on people, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Training will take place over a four-month period and officers will be required to complete a three-and-a-half day course and pass the national eyesight test.

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