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  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43306423 A professional rugby player, Tasered six times after driving at 150mph in a police chase, has been jailed. Scott Moore crashed into a house in Leigh and fought officers, threatening one with a Taser he stole from them. The ex-England rugby league star, 30, used "his size and experience on the rugby field" to evade arrest, Greater Manchester Police said. He was jailed for 23 months at Bolton Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving and assault. Moore, of Ranworth Drive, Lowton, Wigan, was disqualified from driving for two years. Police spotted Moore in the early hours of 14 October 2016 driving a black Mercedes at speed along Chaddock Lane towards the East Lancashire Road. He refused to pull over, sparking a pursuit during which he overtook a lorry at 100mph on a stretch of roadworks which had a speed limit of 30mph. He then accelerated at more than 150mph into a housing estate in Leigh and crashed into the wall of a house before stopping at a dead end, police said. 'Tug of war' Moore elbowed an officer and "violently resisted arrest in a struggle lasting 50 minutes" during which he was Tasered six times but "kept rising to his feet to fight and charge at officers". At one point, the former St Helens, Widnes and Wakefield hooker grabbed the Taser's wires after being stunned and removed them from his body. He then grabbed the Taser in a "tug of war" with the officer, shouting: "You're getting it now!" while pointing it at the officer's face, police said. The terrified officer fought with Moore to release it from his hand and the other officer struck him numerous times. Moore eventually dropped the Taser and, following a further struggle, was detained. The officers had never in their careers "been so scared nor witnessed such a violent individual", Det Con Lynsey Watson-Perry said. One officer had to undergo surgery. "Whatever level of force he is used to displaying on the pitch, this was not a game - people's lives were in danger", she added.
  2. 'We want to ensure they have the right equipment to keep themselves, suspects and members of the public safe', says national lead. Chiefs have decided to allow probationers to use taser. The College of Policing is developing a new application process for young in service officers to be given access to the less lethal weapons, after the NPCC backed a policy change. Probationers are currently not allowed to carry the devices but chiefs have agreed this can change “based on local assessments of threat and risk”, and are discussing the plan with the Home Office. A statement from the National Police Chiefs’ Council says the number of officers who are given taser will remain a local decision and the probationers themselves will be able to choose whether to apply to use the device. Those given the less lethal weapons will need to meet the same standards of competence in conflict management as those who already use them. The issue of probationers using taser came back onto the agenda after the London Bridge terror attack during which BTP PC Wayne Marques tried to fight off three knife-wielding terrorists with his baton and was seriously injured. NPCC lead for the devices Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi said: “Probationers are posted to the frontline and they respond to the same calls as other colleagues. “These calls range from dealing with vulnerable people in need of help to incidents of violence. We want to ensure that they have the right equipment to keep themselves, suspects and members of the public safe. As part of this, we want to give forces the opportunity to train their probationary officers to carry taser. “At present, an officer’s suitability to carry taser is determined by the amount of time someone has been an officer rather than the role they carry out or the skills they have. "The diversity of our workforce has changed considerably and many of our probationers have professional and life skills from before they started their police career that demonstrates their capability and ability to carry taser.” A spokesman for the NPCC said a decision on whether to allow special constables to be trained in use of the weapons will be taken at a later date. A College of Policing spokesman said the body "is currently developing a rigorous evidence based application process for selected probationers wishing to be issued with taser". "Those carrying taser are required to pass the same high standard of training regardless of their rank or role and these standards will not change if the new process is adopted. “We recognise that policing is becoming ever more challenging and complex and chief officers must balance the traditions we have with the need to protect the public and their officers.” The Police Federation says the rule change may not be effective unless the government provides more money. Vice chairman Ché Donald said: “We have been repeatedly calling for additional central government funding so that all forces can train and equip their frontline police officers with taser. “While we welcome news that probationers are to be trained, that alone is pointless if chief officers do not then have the funding needed to buy sufficient numbers of tasers to allow their officers to carry it." View On Police Oracle
  3. This evening Hampshire Police's Chief Constable confirmed to John Apter, Hampshire Police's Fed chairman, that the force will be issuing tasers "to every officer who wants one". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42894075
  4. Police Scotland will increase its Taser capability by 500 officers after a sharp rise in the number of assaults. So far this year, 969 officers have been assaulted - an increase of nearly 27% on the 764 recorded in 2016. The plans, which will be put to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), are aimed at improving public safety. The force also confirmed it is extending the role of Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers to allow them to be deployed to more non-firearms calls. Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne said the newly-trained officers will be based in all 13 local policing divisions. 'Increasing threats' Mr Gwynne said: "Our officers are facing increasing threats of violence from people with knives and other bladed weapons. "We've also seen an increase in the number of officers attacked while carrying out their everyday duties. "We will shortly begin the selection process for around 500 conventional uniformed officers to be trained to carry Taser." The proposal follows an extensive programme of engagement with the SPA, politicians and other key stakeholders. The officers, who will start training in May and be operational by August, will be deployed in urban and rural areas. Mr Gwynne said extending the role of Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers to allow them to be deployed to more non-firearms calls would be a more efficient use of resources. ARVs currently deploy to firearms incidents, threat-to-life incidents or deal with anything they come across during the course of their patrols using their professional judgement. The removal of the current restrictions will also be presented to the SPA at a public meeting on Tuesday and will come into effect early in the New Year. 'Inefficient' deployment Mr Gwynne said: "We have increased the number of ARV officers available in our communities but our current deployment model is inefficient. "It does not allow these officers to be sent by the control room to anything other than firearms or threat-to-life incidents. "They already respond to things they come across and are sent to other incidents where there's a threat to life but no firearms are involved." The officers are trained in advanced emergency first aid and have assisted in incidents, such as road traffic accidents, where they have reached the scene before an ambulance. They will also support national campaigns, targeting crimes such as drink-driving and speeding. In 2014, the appearance of armed officers on routine tasks sparked a row but Mr Gwynne said the force had learned from the experience. He added: "We are aware that in the past there have been some concerns about the role of armed police officers in our communities and that previously we have not engaged as well as we could have when making decisions about how they are deployed." 'Extreme violence' In June last year the force announced an additional 124 firearms officers , including 99 dedicated to ARVs. David Hamilton, vice chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, praised the force for listening to the concerns expressed in a recent survey . He said: "The extreme violence and dangers police officers face on a daily basis are poorly understood by those outwith the police service. "Far too often police officers are seriously assaulted and injured when dealing with violent events. "Whilst not the panacea to all the threats we face, evidence from across the world shows Taser reduces such assaults and injuries considerably, and leads to safer outcomes for police officers, the public and offenders." Mr Hamilton said the force had a duty to ensure its members have appropriate safety equipment. He added: "We believe this announcement represents an awakening in the service that its obligations to the safety of its officers can no longer be set aside." Meanwhile, Police Scotland has confirmed it will buy new drones to use as alternatives to the force helicopter in rural and remote areas. The technology will mainly be used in the hunt for missing people. Extra cyber hubs will also be set up, as part of a £3.6m investment, to help specialists tackle the rise in internet-related investigations. Other elements of the plan, which will also be put before the SPA next week, include piloting a range of mobile devices for operational use and a public consultation on body cameras. Source - BBC
  5. Taser for probationers

    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...
  6. Professionally done if you ask me. Did they have lethal cover? I couldn't see how many were aiming guns and how many were aiming tasers.
  7. New Taser X2

    Hi All, Im sure most of you are aware that the home office has approved the roll out of the new Taser X2 model which allows for two shots. Ive been looking at Taser international's website (makers of the taser) to learn a bit about the x2, the taser is black in colour on their website and promo video. Does anyone know: When issued to officers here, will the taser be black in colour or will they have it cased in yellow? Just curious to know?
  8. Policing Minister says officers will have best and most appropriate technology. Police forces have been given approval to use a new taser model rather than the existing obsolete devices. Policing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today the Home Office has authorised use of the X2 model, which forces can replace their old X26 tasers. He said: “This government is committed to giving the police the tools they need to do their job effectively, and where modern specialist equipment like CEDs [conductive energy devices] are used, to ensure our officers have access to the best and most appropriate technology. “The decision to authorise the taser X2 follows stringent consideration of strategic, ethical, operational and societal issues, including an assessment of environmental factors.” While the X26's work sufficiently, they are no longer manufactured or sold. SACMILL, the scientific advisory body which assessed whether the less lethal weapons should be approved for use, have recommended that body worn video cameras should be worn by all officers using the devices. Matt Spencer, managing director of Taser UK, said: “We are confident that the X2 can help to make police officers more effective at dealing with the increased threat that they face on a daily basis. "More than 20 years of science and research has gone into Taser technology to make the X2 the most proven and most tested less-lethal technology available in the UK. “This announcement demonstrates the important contribution our technology is making to help the police keep the public safe. “With the X2’s improved internal accounting logs and ability to work hand-in-hand with body-worn video it can deliver extra layers of accountability that the public and the police rightly expect and deserve. "We’re proud of how we have adapted and improved our technology to meet the needs of the police and those who hold them to account on behalf of the public." The company has previously said that the X2 has a 25 per cent chance of working as intended first time than the X26. A new data collection system for use for any time “significant force” is used by police is also to be introduced from April. This will mean that forces should publish the ethnicity, age, location and outcome of the individual it is used on. Mr Lewis said: “The information should report on the situations when physical restraint is used, as well as the type of equipment, such as handcuffs, batons, sprays and conductive energy devices.” View on Police Oracle
  9. Call To Offer Tasers To All Frontline Police

    Sorry if this has been posted before but i heard it on the radio today Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/04/amber-rudd-taser-police-x2
  11. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/psni-justified-in-using-tasers-and-baton-rounds-against-man-armed-with-machete-swords-in-antrim-34562852.html
  12. The United Nations will condemn and publicly shame the Government in May for allowing police to use 50,000-volt stun guns on children, as well as stopping and searching toddlers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/united-nations-warns-uk-government-to-stop-tasering-children-a6872591.html I'm actually lost for words, especially as the indents used as examples mainly involve knives. Mail glad the UN has solved world hunger, for those wondering she is mentioned...
  13. A customer has been stabbed to death in a Poundland store in Oxfordshire. Witnesses said a man carrying two knives was Tasered by police after running from the discount shop in Bury Street, Abingdon, at about 11:20 GMT. Staff at a nearby Spar store said they barricaded themselves inside as the man tried to gain entry, before he was restrained by the police. A 36-year-old man, who is from Abingdon, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Updates on this story and more from Oxfordshire Kash, who works at the Spar shop, said after the stabbing a man tried to push his way into the store. 'Terrible incident' He said: "He approached with two knives in his hands and he tried to enter. He said 'I just want to shake your hand' and we held the door closed. "Then a policewoman caught up with him and Tasered him." Poundland chief executive Jim McCarthy said he was "shocked" that one of the company's customers had been killed. He said: "Our sympathy and thoughts centre on the family of the deceased and of course with other customers and colleagues who were in the store at the time of this terrible incident." Supt Rory Freeman said: "Members of the public will understandably be shocked and upset by this incident today, which has happened in a very public place. "At this stage, this is not being treated as a terrorist incident." A second man nearby suffered a minor injury to his thumb. Thames Valley Police are investigating whether the incidents were connected. Joanna posted on Twitter: "Watching everything that happened today in Abingdon from my office window was terrifying. Rest in Peace." The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council John Cotton said on Twitter it was "dreadful news" and praised the quick response by police. A local trader, who did not want to be named, said: "People are absolutely devastated. Normally it's a very busy vibrant market, but everyone has gone home." BBC: Full story
  14. Tube stabbing 'terrorist incident' Image copyrightPA Image captionA number of people were threatened at the Central Line station A stabbing at a Tube station in east London is being treated as a "terrorist Stabbing at Tube station in east London, in which one man was arrested, treated as 'terrorist incident', police say http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35018789
  15. A man who suffered a cardiac arrest after being Tasered by police has said officers should be banned from using the stun guns after a court ruled he was the victim of excessive force. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/03/police-taser-victim-calls-for-ban-negligence-ruling-merseyside?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Firefox
  16. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34511532 I find it more disturbing that there are "experts" making the huge leap from looking at contextless figures to these kinds of conclusions seemingly without basis. For these conclusions to have any basis, there has to be an assumption that officers who have been very carefully selected and trained are actively going out on patrol looking for individuals to taser based on nothing more than their race - the fact that each deployment is so heavily scrutinised seems to be lost when these experts make these brash statements... What should be worrying people is that fact that taser has been deployed in these situations when an officer has felt it is required as per their training and national policy. If they are being deployed outside of these and unnecessarily, then I could understand these conclusions. Given anyone can violently attack anyone (including a nine year old boy as either the victim or aggressor), then how can the taser not be justified if the threat was there? Isn't the human right to preserve life is the priority here? More effort should be made to reduce the number of violent situations - I can only assume that it is far easier to blame officers than deal with the real issue of the cause of these violent confrontations in the first place. Note: I present that as my assumption rather than a fact...
  17. A man was shot by police after officers twice used a Taser to try to restrain him, Scotland Yard has said. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/08/london-police-shoot-man-after-taser-shocks-had-no-effect
  18. I can't help but think if they both went hands on they could've cuffed him just after the second officer arrives.
  19. Three police forces have acknowledged security concerns over their storage of highly sensitive crime videos on computers owned by a private company. Sky News: Full story
  20. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199575/Grieving-mother-s-plea-Theresa-Robocop-stun-guns.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490I called the police to calm my son - but he died after they tasered him: Grieving mother's plea to Theresa May over 'Robocop' stun guns Jordon Begley began rowing with neighbours in Manchester over money One neighbour threatened to send five men to beat him up Jordon walked into the kitchen and picked up a vegetable knife His mum, Dot Begley, called the please to intervene in the row One of the police officers fired a nine-second Taser shot at Jordon’s chest Jordon's death is the first recorded killing with a police Taser in Britain By CHRISTINE CHALLAND FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 23:46, 15 August 2015 | UPDATED: 02:05, 16 August 2015
  21. 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
  22. OK, 2 news articles on this from 2 different sources; And...
  23. Strood taser

    stumbled across this taser deployment video earlier from Strood, recorded by a MOP who kindly gives his own commentary... seems like a good deployment from the officers involved!
  24. Hackney taser

    More recent video of deployment. Good that the uploader included some more context in the video description, not something you see very much in these types of videos: EDIT: Although it does look like an officer gets zapped at about 30 secs

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