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Police: Weapons

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what less lethal weapons are permitted to be used by police. (310080)

As well as personal protective equipment like batons and CS spray, police forces in England and Wales are permitted to use taser and the attenuating energy projectile (AEP) round in accordance with Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidance. All less lethal weapons are subject to full and rigorous testing and independent assessment of their medical implications prior to introduction.