September 29, 2019

We’re giving police officers Tasers to combat assault

Senseless violence has blighted our streets for far too long.

Over recent weeks, we have seen police officers attacked while simply doing their jobs. And tragically, one police officer was killed in the line of duty.

This is not new: officers were attacked over 30,000 times last year, with 10,000 of those attacks causing injuries. This has to stop.

So we’re putting in place plans to give more police officers Tasers to help them fight violent criminals more effectively – and keep themselves safe in the field. Priti Patel made this announcement ahead of Conservative Party Conference as part of decisive action praised by the Police Federation of England and Wales. Read below to find out more.

Why are we giving police officers Tasers?

At the moment, some officers are not able to access the equipment they need to protect others and themselves. That is changing now: we are giving Chief Constables the funding and powers they need to equip more of their officers with Tasers, should they want to do so.

This will help to apprehend criminals and maintain public order. And it will help keep police officers safer.

Will every officer have a Taser due to this policing policy?

No – we are giving Chief Constables the option to provide more of their officers with Tasers. The funding we are providing is enough to equip 60% of officers with Tasers, which could see around 10,000 more officers carrying the devices.

How much funding will be given for this policing policy?

We have ringfenced £10 million fund over the next 12 months to help fund more Tasers for Chief Constables who request them.

This has the potential to equip 10,000 more officers with Tasers, helping them to maintain public order and keeping themselves safe in volatile situations.

What else are we doing to keep our streets safe and reduce crime?

We are hiring 20,000 additional police officers to keep our streets safe and reduce crime.

The unprecedented drive to deliver 20,000 more police officers over the next three years has begun with the launch of a national recruitment campaign, overseen by a new National Policing Board and backed by £750 million next year.

We are also extending stop and search powers to further empower our police officers, prevent crime, and keep dangerous weapons off of our streets.

Labour's policy is soft on crime

Labour would not give the police the resources they need to tackle crime. Labour voted against making an additional £970 million available to the police this year and would only provide an additional 10,000 more police officers, half the amount we are delivering.

And Labour have continued to oppose stronger stop and search powers as well as our attempts to fight knife crime.

We need a strong Conservative crime policy to keep criminals off of our streets and our police officers safe. Police officers put their lives on the line to keep us all safe every time they go out on patrol. This announcement shows that the Home Secretary and Prime Minister have their back.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)