Police Forces have been granted funding for almost 8K tasers to be deployed by police on to the streets of England and Wales the Home Office has confirmed.
The government has announced £6.5 Million funding to be spent on the new stun guns that is hoped will ensure police officers are better protected in the line of duty.
Last September it was announced that 10K extra devices would be made available but due to the sheer costs that number has now been reduced by 2K.
Police forces across the UK have been able to bid for £10 Million of ring-fenced money for Taser since January.
In total 41 applied with all forces set to receive the amount of funding, they requested to buy the new tasers.
There is about £3.3 Million in funding that was not applied for and this will now be spent on tackling serious violence and the “county lines” drug problem that is surging across the UK.
Cops in London will have access to an extra 2,380 tasers after the Met was granted £2 million to increase the use.
West Midlands Police has been granted funding for 250 while Manchester Police has been granted funding for 100 devices.
Cabinet minister Ms Patel said: “Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is a vital option in dangerous situations.
“This funding forms part of our commitment to ensure forces have the powers, resources and tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe.”
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