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PC suspended over A&E taser threat

The Argus: Conquest Hospital Conquest Hospital

A police officer has been suspended after allegedly threatening to shoot a patient with a Taser at a busy hospital.

The incident is said to have taken place in the casualty department at Conquest Hospital in St Leonards.

Sussex Police is now investigating the incident and on Monday confirmed the officer involved has been suspended from the force.

He is currently being paid but is not on duty, the force told The Argus.

A force spokesman said: “The force’s professional standards department is investigating an allegation regarding an officer’s use of Taser after being called to deal with a drunk and unruly patient at Conquest Hospital on Friday, March 21, at 11.30pm.

“The Taser was not discharged and the patient, a man aged 31 from Hastings, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

“He has been released on bail until April 26.

Investigation “A 35-year-old male PC based in East Sussex has been suspended while the investigation is ongoing.

“Officers who carry Tasers outside of the firearms unit must pass suitability checks before undergoing a thorough four-day training programme.

“This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision making under pressure.”

A source told The Argus the officer “drew a Taser on a patient”. He added: “He is a uniformed response officer.

“[I believe] it was the staff at the Conquest Hospital that made the complaint to Sussex Police, who witnessed the officer’s actions.

“This led to him being interviewed.”

An East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident at Conquest Hospital on March 21.

“The matter is being dealt with by Sussex Police.”

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 12 months.

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

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8:58am Wed 16 Apr 14

JerryOnly says...

So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time.
So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time. JerryOnly
  • Score: 21

9:11am Wed 16 Apr 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Political correctness gone mad
Political correctness gone mad Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 11

10:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

ThinkBrighton says...

JerryOnly wrote:
So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time.
You missed out most of the details,
The police officer drew his taser and threatened to use it in a hospital.
Think about the medical gasses and the panic factor.
We all know that a police officer is paid to uphold the law and arrest if necessary, but he is not paid to act like a fool
The tough time they have could be softened if their attitude towards the public was not so dismissive, similar to yours.
[quote][p][bold]JerryOnly[/bold] wrote: So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time.[/p][/quote]You missed out most of the details, The police officer drew his taser and threatened to use it in a hospital. Think about the medical gasses and the panic factor. We all know that a police officer is paid to uphold the law and arrest if necessary, but he is not paid to act like a fool The tough time they have could be softened if their attitude towards the public was not so dismissive, similar to yours. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -18

11:07am Wed 16 Apr 14

Bluebeef says...

Never forget: when we are running away from danger, the police are expected to run towards it on our behalf.

ThinkBrighton might care to reflect that his third line is a good reason for drawing the taser to stop a presumably unpredicatable drunk before any real harm was caused: until the enquiry surely a bit premature to describe the PC as a fool. Have you ever been to casualty on a Friday night?
Never forget: when we are running away from danger, the police are expected to run towards it on our behalf. ThinkBrighton might care to reflect that his third line is a good reason for drawing the taser to stop a presumably unpredicatable drunk before any real harm was caused: until the enquiry surely a bit premature to describe the PC as a fool. Have you ever been to casualty on a Friday night? Bluebeef
  • Score: 11

11:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Sussex Police are unfit for purpose and here is further proof.

The whole lot of them should be sacked and why is this officer on full pay still? He should not be paid at all.
Sussex Police are unfit for purpose and here is further proof. The whole lot of them should be sacked and why is this officer on full pay still? He should not be paid at all. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -17

12:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Brighton Living says...

Police with Taser and of course they will not use them without reason. NOT !!
Police with Taser and of course they will not use them without reason. NOT !! Brighton Living
  • Score: -14

2:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bikerjimbo says...

I am pleased at the positive comments and negative posts to the negative comments. I think it is very sensational at how the use of taser is reported and then you read that it has only been used 13 times in a year. About 1.1% a month with all the calls to violent incidents the police received over that period of time. It is true when people are running from an incident the police are going towards it. You should not expect them to not protect themselves and others in situations like this. I am guessing that no one was injured in this incident which means that taser works surely. We can hypothesis about the what ifs but every case/incident has to be decided upon very quickly and reasonable force used. This case seems to suggest that to me. So why suspend the officer taking away the taser authority from him would seem sufficient in these circumstances until after the enquiry rather than suspension on full pay.
I am pleased at the positive comments and negative posts to the negative comments. I think it is very sensational at how the use of taser is reported and then you read that it has only been used 13 times in a year. About 1.1% a month with all the calls to violent incidents the police received over that period of time. It is true when people are running from an incident the police are going towards it. You should not expect them to not protect themselves and others in situations like this. I am guessing that no one was injured in this incident which means that taser works surely. We can hypothesis about the what ifs but every case/incident has to be decided upon very quickly and reasonable force used. This case seems to suggest that to me. So why suspend the officer taking away the taser authority from him would seem sufficient in these circumstances until after the enquiry rather than suspension on full pay. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tammy Flugh says...

JerryOnly wrote:
So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time.
A & E staff have problems with aggressive drunks. They wouldn't likely report a PC for drawing a taser.
[quote][p][bold]JerryOnly[/bold] wrote: So a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, the officer had a taser, nothing else happened. The police are SUPPOSED to arrest people, and if they're likely to pose a threat, how is having a taser bad? And it wasn't even used to boot! Dear me leave plod alone with this sensationalist nonsense, the police have a tough enough time.[/p][/quote]A & E staff have problems with aggressive drunks. They wouldn't likely report a PC for drawing a taser. Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 1

12:08am Thu 17 Apr 14

Ambo Guy says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Sussex Police are unfit for purpose and here is further proof.

The whole lot of them should be sacked and why is this officer on full pay still? He should not be paid at all.
Hange the record you sad troll c**t.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Sussex Police are unfit for purpose and here is further proof. The whole lot of them should be sacked and why is this officer on full pay still? He should not be paid at all.[/p][/quote]Hange the record you sad troll c**t. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 0

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