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Taser use by Sussex Police increases fivefold

The Argus: Taser use by Sussex Police increases fivefold Taser use by Sussex Police increases fivefold

Taser use by Sussex Police officers has increased by more than five times in the past 12 months.

The electronic devices were used by the force's officers on 164 occasions in 2013 compared to just 30 times in 2012.

The huge increase follows the announcement last year that up to 160 extra officers will be allowed to carry tasers where previously only specialist firearm officers were able to carry the devices.

Sussex Police had the biggest increase in taser use of any force in the country over the past twelve months.

Tasers were drawn on 74 occasions in the past year while they were fired on 13 occasions compared to eight in 2012.

Chief Inspector Jim Bartlett said that the devices had proven to be a useful option in “resolving serious incidents of violence or threats of violence” in Sussex.

He added: “The rise in the number of times we have deployed tasers is not surprising given that we have increased the number of officers who are trained to use them and can carry them on duty.

“The mere presence of a Taser has successfully defused many situations where officers have been called to people behaving violently, making threats or carrying weapons.

“Of the 164 times they were deployed, on 74 occasions they were drawn but did not need to even be aimed before the incident was resolved.

“In the whole of 2013 they were only fired by officers 13 times which shows how much of a deterrent they can be just by being shown to an offender.”

Katy Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I remain supportive of the use of taser in instances where there is a real threat of violence to ensure the safety of officers and the general public.”

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8:08pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

Since when does just drawing a taser count as it being used? They were actually only "used" 13 times.
Since when does just drawing a taser count as it being used? They were actually only "used" 13 times. Max Ripple
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11:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

I don't blame the police for using them but i'm wondering if its because we have fewer police on duty after the cuts,so they use the taser as they know there is no backup if things escalate.Or is it because with the lack of visable police especially after dark situations get out of hand before they get there so they have to go in more heavy handed?.Im quite often out and about clubbing you don't see visable police very often these days the nightlife is policed by private security backed up by private security in cars parked where police cars once parked,quite often you see several private security vehicles parked outside Dr Brightons pub,queens hotel area.I also think the official crime figures are wrong I cant see crime down 10% it seems much worse to me I think its just the fact we have few police on duty after dark to record it,even the local police stations have now closed down some being replaced on a part time basis in council offices.
I don't blame the police for using them but i'm wondering if its because we have fewer police on duty after the cuts,so they use the taser as they know there is no backup if things escalate.Or is it because with the lack of visable police especially after dark situations get out of hand before they get there so they have to go in more heavy handed?.Im quite often out and about clubbing you don't see visable police very often these days the nightlife is policed by private security backed up by private security in cars parked where police cars once parked,quite often you see several private security vehicles parked outside Dr Brightons pub,queens hotel area.I also think the official crime figures are wrong I cant see crime down 10% it seems much worse to me I think its just the fact we have few police on duty after dark to record it,even the local police stations have now closed down some being replaced on a part time basis in council offices. clubrob6
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9:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

whatone says...

When tasers were introduced it was specifically stated that they would only be used in a situation where a firearm would otherwise be needed to be deployed - hence why they were only issued originally to firearms units.

Even if they were only actually used 13 times in a year, according to that justification of their introduction it would mean that the police would have had to have shot 13 people.

Whenever a 'weapon' is introduced, its usage increases regardless of whether the threats increase because it becomes just another 'tool' of the job!

Which is rather backed up by the statement given - “The rise in the number of times we have deployed tasers is not surprising given that we have increased the number of officers who are trained to use them and can carry them on duty"

So how would the police have dealt with these incidents before getting tasers? By conventional means!

And given that newer tasers are becoming more powerful, I fear they are just a stepping stone to gradually fully arm the police.
When tasers were introduced it was specifically stated that they would only be used in a situation where a firearm would otherwise be needed to be deployed - hence why they were only issued originally to firearms units. Even if they were only actually used 13 times in a year, according to that justification of their introduction it would mean that the police would have had to have shot 13 people. Whenever a 'weapon' is introduced, its usage increases regardless of whether the threats increase because it becomes just another 'tool' of the job! Which is rather backed up by the statement given - “The rise in the number of times we have deployed tasers is not surprising given that we have increased the number of officers who are trained to use them and can carry them on duty" So how would the police have dealt with these incidents before getting tasers? By conventional means! And given that newer tasers are becoming more powerful, I fear they are just a stepping stone to gradually fully arm the police. whatone
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