London police believe all officers should carry tasers

The overwhelming majority of police in London believe the taser should be carried by all officers on duty, a new study suggests

The overwhelming majority of police in London believe the taser should be carried by all officers on duty, a new study suggests

Friday, September 22, 2017

The overwhelming majority of police officers in London believe every single member of the Force should carry tasers.

That's the principal conclusion of a new survey by the Metropolitan Police Foundation, which found that 75% of officers believe the taser should be part of every officer's attire whilst on duty.

Just under 11,000 Met Police officers responded to the survey on Taser and Firearms, which ran for three weeks in January.

As well as indicating that more officers should carry a Taser, the results show that only 6% of officers feel there are currently an “adequate” amount of gun carrying officers in the capital.

The force is currently increasing the number of Authorised Firearms Officers in London.

Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “We live in dangerous and unpredictable times. London is a major world capital and our members are tasked with keeping the millions who live here and tourists who flock to visit the city safe and secure.

“It is more important than ever that Metropolitan Police officers have the right equipment to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe. And also that we have the right number of officers with that equipment available when they are required.

“We often hear people talk about what police officers want and we can now say with some certainty that our members feel that more Met Police Officers should be carrying a Taser on London streets.

“When police officers carry a Taser or gun, there is a huge responsibility – not to mention cost and specific training and welfare packages for officers concerned – so we need to start to have discussions about what our members are asking for with a new Commissioner and the Mayor of London.”