West Midlands Police double officers carrying Taser
West Midlands Police is rolling out the latest Taser technology
as part of its drive to further protect the public and
More cops from across a range of departments are being trained
to use the more modern X2 device.
The improved double-shot Tasers are capable of firing
twice before requiring a reload; offering greater protection for
officers using the device to keep people safe from harm.
It is part of a £3 million project which will see the number of
Taser officers increase to 1,441 by early next year - a rise from
643 within three years.
There are around 1,000 cops who are now fully trained in not
only how, but when, to use the devices.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: "I
have invested to increase the number of officers at West Midlands
Police who carry and are trained to use Tasers.
"This increase in the number of officers carrying Tasers will
help protect officers and the public against growing threats faced,
while not undermining the long standing British tradition of
"Scrutiny of Taser usage is vital. We will ensure the footage
recorded by body worn cameras during Taser incidents is monitored
closely by panels made up of members of the public.
"We will maintain close oversight of Taser usage to ensure it is
used proportionately and fairly."
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, who is head of response
and leading the X2 rollout, said: "A great deal of time, training
and financial investment has gone into this project and will see a
range of officers, from response to neighbourhood teams, able to
use the devices.
"I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to train
as Taser officers.
"This is not about making us an armed police force but equipping
them with better protection for not only themselves but the wider
"A Taser is only used when necessary but with higher levels of
violence we need to do all we can to maintain safety."