Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Met boss wants more stun guns for officers

Stun guns could be kept in all police cars under plans considered by Scotland Yard chiefs to combat violent crime.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for police response officers to be routinely armed with Tasers.

A review of the weapon's availability is currently under way after politicians said its wider use could cause “irreparable” damage.

However, Mr Hogan-Howe said on LBC radio that he would sanction greater use of Tasers after four of his officers were stabbed in London over the weekend.

The police chief told a firearms officer who called in to the LBC show: “What we need to make sure is that it's available when it's needed and having it with people such as yourself, a specialist in firearms, is good, because it gives you an alternative to using a gun.”

Tasers “ought to be a vehicle-borne option”, Mr Hogan-Howe added.