Taser is a device that can be used as a tactical option to maintain space between the subject and police, and reduces physical contact when officers are dealing with violence or threats of violence that they would need to use force to protect the public, the subject or themselves. It provides officers with a potentially less harmful alternative or additional option to a strike from a police baton or use of CS spray. In the vast majority of cases, the mere presence of the Taser is enough to defuse violent or potentially violent situations, bringing that situation to a swift conclusion without the need to fire the Taser.
(The Taser X2 Conducted Energy Device (CED) has been approved for use by the Home Officer however in Leicestershire we have enough fully working Taser X26s – the current model. As a result we have agreed to keep the X26s for the foreseeable future. This decision will be regularly updated.)
A Taser is a less-lethal single shot weapon used to temporarily incapacitate a suspect through the use of an electrical current. It is a hand-held weapon similar in shape and size to a pistol, but is bright yellow and black in colour.
Officers attend a four day Taser training course where they are tested every day in shooting, decision making, use of force and medical implications.
Our capability to respond to incidents requiring specially trained officers to be tasked to the incident with Taser is reviewed regularly by the Chief Supt EMOpSS.
View the Taser statistics usage by Leicestershire Police, Lincolnshire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police forces.
People are asking more questions now than ever before about the police use of Taser and what it means for policing and protecting the public.