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An extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers

  • Last Updated: 02-03-2020 at 09:03

Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers after a successful bid led by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC Marc Jones worked with the force to secure the additional funding from the Government to pay for 170 new tasers.

The grant is the sixth highest amount for a police force in England, outside of London, and comes from a £10 million pot provided by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

The cash will cover the cost of buying the new tasers but the money for batteries, holsters and training has been included by Mr Jones in the budgets for the remainder of this year and next.

“The extra money provided by the Home Secretary is very positive news for Lincolnshire,” said Mr Jones.

“The additional tasers will play a significant role in keeping both our communities and our officers safe and will be a huge benefit in policing our rural county.

“The funding, coming soon after the funding to bolster officer numbers, is yet another demonstration of the Home Secretary’s commitment to tackling crime and is very welcome.”

Forces in England and Wales will receive a total of £6.5million to purchase 7,923 devices.

The remainder of the £10 million has been allocated to additional training for Taser instructors and £3.3 million to tackle serious violence and county lines drug gangs.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “We are delighted to receive additional funding for investing in new tasers.

“Protecting our staff is vital to maintaining a police force that is both physically and emotionally robust and this is one of several key parts of our wellbeing agenda. We had received feedback from our staff and the Police Federation that an increase in tasers would be of benefit to staff, which is just another reason why I’m pleased we have been able to secure funding for this investment.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is an important tactical option in potentially dangerous situations.

“This funding forms part of our commitment to ensure forces have the powers, resources and tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe.

“This week I also launched our consultation on the Police Covenant which will enshrine their rights in law, recognising their service and sacrifice.”