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Police: Stun Guns

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on Tasers, how many Tasers each police force has; and how much expenditure her Department has incurred in supplying Tasers to each police force in the last 12 months. (273525)

Taser has been available for use by authorised firearms officers in all forces since 2004. At 31 March 2008, there were 6,780 authorised firearms officers in England and Wales.

In extending the use of Taser to specially trained units the Home Office has so far provided £8 million to the National Policing Improvement Agency to support the purchase of 7,000 Tasers which have been distributed to forces. The breakdown by force is in the following table.

Police force

Tasers requested and provided

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

130

Bedfordshire Constabulary

90

British Transport Police

400

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

150

Cheshire Constabulary

82

City of London Police

30

Cleveland Constabulary

140

Cumbria Constabulary

50

Derbyshire Constabulary

250

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

325

Dorset Constabulary

100

Durham Constabulary

120

Dyfed Powys Police

80

Essex Police

60

Gloucestershire Constabulary

50

Greater Manchester Police

550

Gwent Constabulary

100

Hampshire Constabulary

100

Hertfordshire Constabulary

110

Humberside Police

100

Kent Constabulary

112

Lancashire Constabulary

200

Leicestershire Constabulary

110

Lincolnshire Police

364

Merseyside Police

365

Metropolitan Police

150

Norfolk Constabulary

100

Northamptonshire Police

36

Northumbria Police

88

North Wales Police

130

North Yorkshire Police

100

Nottinghamshire Constabulary

200

South Wales Constabulary

120

South Yorkshire Police

70

Staffordshire Police

98

Suffolk Constabulary

100

Surrey Police

250

Sussex Police

50

Thames Valley Police

100

Warwickshire Constabulary

78

West Mercia Constabulary

70

West Midlands Police

600

West Yorkshire Police

327

Wiltshire Constabulary

95

SOCA

70

Total

7,000