All police officers should be allowed to carry Tasers, according to the man in charge of armed police in England and Wales, in a move that would end two hundred years of unarmed policing in the UK.
Simon Chesterman, firearms lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said he would not want to be on a frontline patrol without a Taser.
Mr Chesterman, who is also deputy chief constable of Civil Nuclear Constabulary said he hopes for a roll out of the weapon and ‘if an officer wants to carry it and they can meet the standard, they should be allowed to carry it’.
His comments come a year after the terrorist attack on Westminster.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he stressed the decision was for individual chief constables but it would serve as protection for police officers.
The Taser works by firing two 50,000-volt needle-tipped darts to incapacitate its target.
The use of the weapon has been controversial and police use of Tasers has previously killed people in the UK.