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Bexley police to get Tasers

PUBLISHED: 11:18 26 October 2012

Bexley police officers will be issued with Tasers, starting next month.

Four of the devices, with two in each equipped vehicle, will be available in the borough at any one time to deal with violent incidents.

Around 40 officers are being trained to use the Tasers, which are electroshock devices aimed at incapacitating violent offenders with a burst of electric current.

A Bexley police spokesman said: “Crime in Bexley has seen 10 years of reductions and the rollout of Tasers will provide officers with an additional tactical option to deal with violence.

“Bexley borough is working to launch the carrying of our devices by our response team officers from November 26.”

Bexley police said 80 per cent of Taser incidents do not involve discharge because just drawing it is enough to diffuse the situation.

Tasers have been used by the Met since 2003 but only in the hands of specialist units like special firearms unit SC019 and the Territorial Support Group.

Neighbouring Bromley and other outer London boroughs including Harrow, Enfield and Kingston got theirs before the Olympics in July.

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