North Yorkshire Police officers could soon be armed with Tasers if the idea is supported by the public.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan will launch a consultation across the county to gauge public opinion.
In a recent statement, she suggested the scheme would cost roughly £900,000 to implement and an extra £200,000 a year for training and upgrades.
She said “We do need to understand whether that would affect the relationship the public have with their police.
“It’s classed as a non-lethal weapon, so when you get fired on it has a profound impact on you and incapacitates you and I think by all accounts it’s extremely painful.
“So it is not something to be taken lightly or rushed into.
“It is the chief constable’s decision, [arming with Tasers] it’s not mine, but it’s my job to find out what the public think about these sorts of things.”
Speaking about the consultation, Phil Cain, Deputy Chief Constable said “Mr Cain said: “We welcome this opportunity for members of the public to provide their views about Taser.
“It’s one of a number of tactical options available to officers when dealing with an incident with the potential for conflict, and often just the sight of the Taser being drawn, but not discharged, is enough to calm a situation and prevent violence escalating.”
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