Tasers for all frontline Police in West Yorkshire
Matthew Robinson, the Conservatives West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, has today announced proposals to ensure that all frontline Police in West Yorkshire will be trained and have tasers available to them if he is elected to the top job.
The Government has already announced funding to help 10,000 more officers carry tasers, the Police Federation backs the idea of more officers carrying tasers and Northamptonshire Police have announced plans to roll out tasers for all frontline officers.
Commenting, Matthew said:
“The Police do a tough job and often put their own lives at risk, as such I am committed to delivering a new plan to roll out tasers and taser training to better equip the Police in West Yorkshire, helping to protect the public and helping to protect frontline officers from harm.”
“Tasers are an effective way to deal with dangerous situations and provide a less lethal option that firearms. By making sure our Police are equipped to take on the challenges of 21st Century policing, including ensuring training is in place so tasers are used appropriately, we will help to protect the public and help the police do their job.
“I welcome steps like enshrining a new Police Covenant into law, increasing sentencing for those who assault emergency service workers, recruiting 20,000 extra police officers and this forms another piece of that work and is something we should look to pursue in West Yorkshire.”
“If Northamptonshire Police can do this then I see no reason why West Yorkshire shouldn’t seek to progress this too. If I’m responsible for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire after May 2021 I will be asking, on day one, for the Chief Constable to explore plans for this roll out.”