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Met boss wants more stun guns for officers

By Tom Morgan

Published 23/11/2011

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.

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