Trained police officers can be equipped with a new Taser model in order to protect officers and the public, following approval by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Taser 7 is more accurate, faster and compact than previous models and uses rechargeable batteries.
Upon procurement, officers could start training with the new model within weeks.
The Home Secretary said:
“It is sickening that our brave police officers face assaults and attacks as they work tirelessly to keep us all safe.
“They are our protectors and I will do everything in my power to give them what they need to keep themselves and the public safe.
“This new Taser model will provide a safe and effective tool for apprehending criminals.”
In September 2019, the government announced a £10 million ring-fenced fund to significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser.
All 43 police forces across England and Wales will be able to purchase the new model.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Less Lethal Weapons, DAC Lucy d’Orsi said:
“The authorisation of the new Taser 7 model has passed rigorous independent scientific and technical assessments, and we are pleased it has received authorisation to be considered by forces. This testing ensures all necessary safety standards are met, alongside continued operational reliability when using the device against those who are violent or threaten violence.”
The new model will require specialist training. Officers who are already trained to use older models will require new training for the Taser 7.
Chief Constables will decide how many officers in their forces can carry the new devices based on strategic assessments of threats and risks in their force areas.
Forces will be required to complete an additional record every time a Taser 7 device is used, to monitor the effects and performance of the device.