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Police (Baton Round Training)

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities refuse to provide their forces with training in the use of baton rounds in accordance with his policy that these should be available for use as a last resort in the event of serious breakdowns in public order.

It is chief officers of police who arrange training in the use of baton round equipment. There is no central record of the arrangements; but we are not aware that any chief officer who wishes to make such arrangements has been asked by his police authority not to do so.