Jersey's government announces it is one step closer to having Tasers

Jersey's firearms team will be the last Channel Island force to receive Tasers if the States accept the proposal.

Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Ian Le Marquand, lodged the proposition.

The proposal, to be discussed in April, states Tasers should only be used "in very limited circumstances and subject to various safeguards".

Senator Le Marquand said: "Tasers would give a non-lethal option to officers, which may prevent them from having to resort to the use of firearms."

Tasers will only be used if authorised by a firearms commander and only when the firearms team is deployed.

The report that accompanies the proposition makes it clear that its recommendations are made in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights, which requires a less lethal range of options to aid police forces in the management and resolution of conflict.

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