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Police: Riot Control Weapons

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Taser guns have been purchased by the police in Northern Ireland; and whether there have been any instances of their use. (202206)

The Chief Constable has advised that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is piloting the use of taser and has purchased 18 taser units, six for training purposes and 12 for operational deployment by officers from the Specialist Operations Branch in pre-planned operations. To date taser has not been drawn or fired in operational use.