Cleveland Police has been granted almost £40,000 for Tasers from the Home Office.
The bid, which was submitted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), requested funding for 48 Taser weapons.
The Home Office has now revealed that the OPCC will get its full request of £39,600 to pass on to the Force.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger asked for the public’s thoughts on Taser ahead of submitting the bid and some of the responses formed part of the application.
Almost two thirds of residents who completed the survey were in favour of additional Taser capacity in Cleveland, with more than 67% saying they would feel safer if every officer carried Taser. More than 74% said it would make no difference to their decision to approach an officer if he or she was carrying a Taser. Around 88% said they trust Cleveland Police officers to use Taser responsibly.
Mr Coppinger said: “I have always fought for more funding for Cleveland Police so I am pleased that the Home Office has granted our full request for funding.
"When asked, the overwhelming response from residents in the area was that they would feel safer if more police were armed with Taser and this funding will go a considerable way to giving them that peace of mind.
“It was important to me to gauge the public’s opinion before submitting this bid. I want to thank those residents who took the time to complete our survey. It just goes to show that your views really do make a difference.”
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Graham said: “Nationally, the number of officers in a force who are trained and equipped with Taser is a decision for individual Chief Constables based upon an assessment of local threat and risk.
“In Cleveland Police we are currently increasing our numbers in line with this assessment and will keep this under review. We welcome the additional funding agreed by the Home Office which will support our future plans.”
Posted on Monday 2nd March 2020