Officers used Taser 266 times and discharged it in 34 cases

TASERS have been used 266 times by police in the county.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 10:12 am

Officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight used the weapon but did not necessarily fire it. The weapon was only discharged 34 times.

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Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation John Apter said: ‘These figures show that Taser is used in a proportionate way.’

He added: ‘I know of many cases where officers have been saved from serious injury because they have had access to Taser. Taser is an essential piece of equipment which keeps officers safe.’