Police chief assures public of ‘very strict’ taser policy after child sting figures

Demonstration of a taser.
Demonstration of a taser.

NORTHUMBRIA Police and Crime Commissioner has highlighted the force’s “very strict” policy on taser use.

Vera Baird spoke out after Home Office statistics showed more than 400 under-18 year-olds had tasers drawn on them in 2013, with only one in Northumbria.

Mrs Baird said the force had an extremely strict policy on taser use and said even on occasions where the devices are drawn from their holders, it is logged and reviewed.

Mrs Baird said: “Tasers are used on the thankfully rare occasions when officers face violence or threats of violence and might need to use force to protect the public, themselves or a suspected offender.”