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More Tasers on the streets will be a 'win-win'
10:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Headlines
A POLICE chief has said hundreds of new officers being armed with Tasers is a “win-win” for the force and offenders.
Thames Valley Police is training 485 frontline response officers to use the 50,000 volt electric shock guns. The Oxford Mail reported in January that the figure more than doubled the amount of officers who previously had Tasers – meaning that 11 per cent of the force will have them.
But this week the force refused to release the number of Oxfordshire officers who had been trained to use Tasers.
The head of the Roads Policing department Ch Insp Henry Parsons said: “When we have informed a suspect that we have a Taser so far everyone has backed down when told. It is a win for them and a win for us because it means we do not have to use force in any way.”
Chief Constable Sara Thornton championed the use of Tasers following a rise in attacks on police officers.
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