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  1. This might be a question for those...longer in the tooth, shall we say? From looking at the how Taser was progressively rolled out (starting with Firearms and Specialist units, then to selected officers on Response, and then progressively opened up to more), it got me to thinking: When incapacitant/irritant sprays were first introduced, how were they done? What was the reaction and impressions of it when it was being rolled out?
  2. I was having a browse over the law in relation to incapacitant sprays (PAVA/CS etc) and am a bit confused with the legistlation: So if specials are not members of the police force in E&W and they aren't employees either are they technically breaking the law or have I missed something here?
  3. Police also agree to pay legal costs in region of £90,000 to John Naylor and Darren Corbridge following August 2010 incident Dorset police are to pay more than £100,000 in compensation and legal costs to two men Tasered and pepper-sprayed by officers at the end of a stag night in Weymouth. Brothers-in-law John Naylor and Darren Corbridge will receive five-figure sums each and the police have agreed to pay legal costs in the region of £90,000 following the incident in August 2010, a lawyer for the men said on Thursday. Naylor, 53, and Corbridge, 40, had been celebrating with groom-to-be Stewart Roberts, who was in fancy dress as a set of male genitalia. They were struggling to get him home at a taxi rank when Corbridge asked police to help. But a fracas broke out between a large group of revellers and several police officers who were on the scene. CCTV of the incident showed a police officer using a stun gun on Corbridge as he lay on the ground as two other police officers looked on. His body can be seen convulsing and flipping over. Naylor was also Tasered in the leg and both men were pepper-sprayed. “The use of Taser was inappropriate,” said Sophie Khan, the lawyer who brought a civil claim against the police on behalf of the two men. “There were officers already there. If they thought they had done something wrong they should have restrained them and taken them into custody. Tasers are supposed to be used in life-threatening situations.” Naylor and Corbridge sued the police for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery, personal injury, excessive use of force and reputation damage, Khan said. The case was due to reach trial in August, but the force settled out of court. A Dorset police spokesperson said: “Dorset police can confirm that an out of court settlement has been reached, with no admittance of liability. It is not our practice to comment on the settlement amount.” Naylor and Corbridge saw their convictions for attacking the police during the incident quashed in 2012. At the time, Corbridge, the owner of a kitchen company and a father of three, told the Dorset Echo: “Whilst I was being Tasered I thought I was going to die. It was the most frightening experience I have had in my life and I will never trust the police again.” Naylor, a mechanic, said: “I’ll never forget being Tasered. Imagine an electric shock and multiply it by 20. It was terrifying.” The settlement follows Theresa May’s decision earlier this month to launch an investigation into the safety of Tasers, which were used 10,062 times across England and Wales in 2014. The home secretary ordered the review of detailed medical evidence about the effect of the devices after the the case of Jordan Begley, 23, whose death was linked to the use of this “less-lethal weapon” by a coroner last month. Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, who leads on less lethal weapons for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has asked for the detailed medical evidence in the case to be referred to an independent body to “determine if it is necessary to amend their advice of the safety of this weapon”. Children as young as 14 and pensioners as old as 82 have been among those to feel the shock of the Metropolitan police’s X26 Tasers last year. Khan, partner in Sophie Khan & Co which specialises in Taser-related injuries, said the case of Naylor and Corbridge showed that “when you give officers Tasers there is a real risk this will happen to innocent people and there will be an uncontrollable use of force with serious consequences”. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/16/two-men-tasered-and-pepper-sprayed-by-dorset-police-to-get-100000-payout
  4. Apologies if this has already been posted - I couldn't see it. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11763191._I_am_the_law____Drunk_went__on_patrol__in_friend_s_police__special__uniform So a chap in Bishop Auckland (near Durham) got drunk, took his friend's SC uniform, and wandered into town visiting licensed premises and eventually demanding that a taxi take him home because "I'm the law". After the driver refused, police were called and the impersonator was arrested. Here is perhaps the most interesting bit: Uniform aside, the article states that the kit borrowed included CS. If the special had his CS stashed in his wardrobe then he might be facing rather more than "disciplinary trouble"...
  5. markdn

    Switch to PAVA

    So as many of you know we have switched from CS to PAVA (although I still carry CS - no need to switch until it expires) who here has had their PAVA exposure? In my opinion having had both I strongly feel PAVA is worse than CS, but it didn't last as long for me as CS, only about 15mins, where as CS was about 30mins.
  6. Police Station A (PSA) is where your kit is kept including radio and CS locker. You've been asked to parade at Police Station B (PSB). So you travel from home in your Kia Cee'd to PSA and pick up all your kit including CS and radio then travel to PSB to parade for duty. Firstly can anyone identify what you have done wrong? Answer

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