Published on 3rd March 2020

Cheshire Police has been awarded more than £100,000 by the Home Office to purchase new Tasers.

The bid, which was submitted by police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane, will allow Cheshire Constabulary to buy 130 Tasers.

The £107,250 funding will allow it to purchase the Tasers over the next 12 months as they train more officers to use the devices.

Taser.jpg

Tasers are seen as a ‘non-lethal alternative’ to conventional firearms as the electrical current they discharge incapacitates targets. However, it is illegal for members of the public to own one under the Firearms Act 1968.

The funding awarded to Cheshire Constabulary is part of £10 million ring-fenced government fund.

Funding was decided based on the threats and risks in each local area, with PCC David Keane outlining in his bid to government how the force plans to use Taser in the future to reduce the risk of violent crime.

He said: “I am continuously campaigning for more funding for our under-resourced police service so I am pleased that the government has, on this occasion, granted our full funding request.

“As well as keeping the public safe, ensuring police officers in Cheshire have the most appropriate equipment to carry out their job safely and effectively is one of my main priorities, and Taser is a well proven tactical option for officers dealing with conflict.

“My bid to the government follows a recent review of Taser capability in Cheshire which identified that Taser is successful in reducing harm to frontline responders. This funding will allow us to further improve personal safety and protection of officers and the public.”

Chief constable Darren Martland added: “We are delighted to have secured this funding to purchase an additional 130 Tasers for our specially trained frontline officers.

“Ensuring we reduce the risk of violent crime is a key priority for the Constabulary, and this funding will we help ensure we have the correct equipment to protect our staff.

“Increasing our number of Taser-trained officers and equipping them with these devices should give reassurance to the public that we are continuing to do everything we can to help keep Cheshire even safer.”