A Taser stun-gun being fired

The number of officers in South Wales Police – the force overseen by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael – is to double the number of officers trained to shoot tasers at people.

Currently only 10% of officers are authorised to use tasers but this is to be increased to 20% – with a corresponding increase in the number of weapons PCs will carry on the streets.

A total of 281 more officers will be taught how to fire tasers at people in the next  12 months.

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael who lives in Penarth

Labour Police Commissioner Alun Michael says:- “The use of a Taser is often misunderstood and misrepresented so it’s important to stress that – properly used – it is a means of preventing injury, not of causing injury. I am very confident that the use of Taser by our officers is proportionate and frequently prevents harm.”

In 2017 South Wales Police officers logged that they had “deployed” [ i.e. drew tasers out of their holsters] on  227 occasions.Usually the act of producing the bright yellow taser is enough to cause the person they are attempting to arrest to back-down .

However in 16 cases last year officers went on to fire the electronic barbs into people – subjecting the targets to an agonising, high-voltage shock which temporarily paralyses them and renders them incapable of resistance.

There is no record of the increase in ther use of tasers having been discussed byu the South Wales Police and Crime Panel – [the panel made up of mostly Labour nominees who are supposed to scrutinise the decisions of the Police Commissioner]  .

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  1. Lesley says:

    Good. But it doesn’t go far enough. All of our police should carry them especially these days

  2. The Equaliser says:

    Good Grief they have enough bullies as it is in the SWP
    Alan Michael should be at their receiving end before sanctioning such hair brained schemes !! #Stimpson

  3. Jack says:

    I wouldn’t mind one of those tasers.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    Must be a lot of Police deaths or serious injuries if they have to resort to using these contraptions , I thought they already had pepper spray etc . If I was them I concentrate on bringing the recent crime spree to an end and id tell Mr Michaels to get off his backside and start to earn his money instead of telling constables to stop teenagers congregating near his home and then putting the blame on residents of rectory road. And no doubt it was because of our esteemed ex MP that the Railway Pub had its extension application suddenly withdrawn…. But Im not sticking up for the Railway much the same way I don’t The Fag.

  5. Cogan nomen says:

    I would like to see the men
    Who spit from the steps of the Fag
    Whilst gagging on their fags
    Struck by lightning ! !

  6. Andrew Worsley says:

    Well Cogan Nomen what do you expect from The Fag or ‘Faggot’ to give it its new nickname and I take it you’ve noticed the amount of chewing gum dotting the pavement outside this ‘dive’ ?. If only it had a decent and responsible Landlord who cared about the reputation of the place instead of ruining it . And this person sits as Chairman of Pubwatch an unaccountable secretive gang of vindictive or petty landlords that engage in demonising individuals they don’t like for personal reasons . IM ALL FOR BANNING VIOLENCE FROM PUBS but this lot ban just anyone whom they dont like.

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