Search

Police to give 40 Haringey officers Taser training by February

14:32 12 September 2012

The electroshock weapon is sold by US company Taser International. Picture: PA/Rui Vieira.

The electroshock weapon is sold by US company Taser International. Picture: PA/Rui Vieira.

PA/EMPICS

Police in Haringey are set to train 40 of their officers to use Taser stun guns as part of a London-wide rollout of the controversial weapon.

By next February, the officers will have received full Taser training and a maximum of four Tasers will be available at any one time to respond to violent incidents in the borough.

Currently, Haringey officers are required to call the the Metropolitan Police’s specialist firearms unit SCO19 or the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) if Taser assistance is needed.

The plans are part of a wider rollout of Taser across London which has already seen five boroughs - Harrow, Bromley, Barking and Dagenham, Enfield and Kingston - each train 40 of their officers in the use of Taser ahead of the Olympics.

Outlining the plans to Haringey Council’s Communities Scrutiny Panel on Monday, Sgt Andy Harding, of the TSG, said: “The mere presence of Taser has actually brought very tense and potentially violent situations to a swift conclusion without anybody being hurt.

“Ninety per cent of the time we draw this from the holster it is not required to be deployed because the situation diffuses.”

The electroshock weapon, sold by US company Taser International, produces an electrical current which can incapacitate a person for up to five seconds.

When aimed, a Taser produces a red dot on the target and if the trigger is pulled the weapon will discharge two probes on the end of copper wires up to a maximum distance of 21ft.

Once these probes attach to the target, 50,000 volts will pass down the copper wires and into the subject.

Sgt Harding insisted there were a number of “myths” associated with Taser, adding: “Taser is designed not to kill, it is designed purely to incapacitate.”

During Monday’s meeting, Cllr Reg Rice questioned the timing of the Taser rollout.

He said: “Would it not be prudent to abate the introduction of this before the investigation into the death of Mark Duggan has concluded?”

Cllr David Winskill, chairman of the Communities Scrutiny Panel, said: “The issue is for the police to engage fully with local communities about how the rollout will happen and to ensure that everyone is fully aware of this device’s potential and how it will be used.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 19:00
North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll hit 60 and then took three wickets. Pic: Paolo Minoli

North Middlesex slipped to third in the table, dropping 14 points behind the leaders after falling agonisingly short of a victory at Southgate in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Yesterday, 12:25
James Franklin

It seems to be that time of the season when counties are trying to take some pressure off their main venues, and that gives us the chance to play at a few outgrounds.

Yesterday, 10:28
Highgate police officer Pc Allan Greig, right, with master locksmith Jim Caldwell of William Channon Locksmiths, left, and neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Christine Nickles. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Vigilant residents have teamed up with police to clamp down on burglaries in response to a spike in the crimes in a cluster of Highgate streets.

Tue, 15:25
Craig Gourlay hit 75 not out for Highgate as they triumphed against Harrow Town

Craig Gourlay smashed an unbeaten 75 from just 32 balls to complete a thrilling run-chase as Highgate beat Harrow Town to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Broadway Ham&High e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder