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Police officers given training on taser use
OFFICERS in East Yorkshire have undergone a training session on the use of tasers.
Uniformed patrol officers at Humberside Police have used tasers since 2008 as an option when dealing with violent or dangerous situations, and to protect the public from harm and yesterday’s event was part of an annual refresher.
Officers took part in the training session near Beverley which saw them complete a practical taser deployment exercise, and exercises in pressured situations to ensure they were able to make the right choice when considering use of the weapon.
Sergeant Michael Dixon-Hall, who is officer in charge of training taser use, with 42 devices available and 80 uniformed officers in the region, said: “Studies have also shown that the presence of taser reduces the levels of force required by officers in violent situations avoiding, for example, the use of a baton strike or dog bite. In a significant number of cases simply the drawing and aiming of taser is sufficient for the person posing the threat to comply with officers.
“Experience shows the presence of an officer with a taser acts as a deterrent to potentially violent situations. About 75 per cent of all Taser use nationally does not result in the trigger being pulled – compliance comes from its presence and the officers’ communication skills.”
Sgt Dixon-Hall said the public often mistake tasers for firearms due to their pistol-like appearance, but actually administer a small electrical current to incapacitate the suspect without causing serious harm.
As part of the training session, officers were taught a range of skills and tactics to be considered before using the weapon, to ensure they would only draw or use their taser if it was the most appropriate action.
He said: “Within the East Riding, the majority of incidents are resolved without resorting to taser – often the presence of the taser on an officer’s belt is sufficient to prevent violence.”
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