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I was thinking the other day... In my force we are often single crewed in the daylight hours, only pairing up after 2200hrs. I'm sent to a variety of jobs, some have the potential to become volatile/dangerous and of personal risk to myself - especially domestics when, quite often, the involved parties are unknown entities. We are lucky if one or two officers per rota carry taser and, where I work, that wouldn't be much good when the nearest back-up could be up to half an hour away... I'm currently a year into my probationer and in my force TASER is not a standard piece of issued kit. Probationers aren't permitted to carry taser and only once you're out of your probationer can you express an interest to carry one. Is this just my force? I'm interested to know what it is like in other force areas. I can't think of a particularly good reason as to why a probationer couldn't be trained to carry taser when we are entrusted with CAPTOR and a baton...
This conversation started in "Post your kit belt" and took that thread a little off topic. So here is a whole area on its own for discussing anything you want, in relation to batons. Personally, my force issue us with 22" Autolocks + Hindi Cap. Good bit of kit in my opinion, but one of the disadvantages in my mind is the rattle you get from it. Never been issued a friction lock, but have held one and thought they felt really solid in comparison. So share your thoughts... What do you use? Would you prefer something else? Have you had issues with previous models/manufacturers?