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Scrutiny focuses on tasers

Whether States of Jersey Police should be allowed to have Tasers in its armoury of weapons to deal with violent offenders has become subject of a public opinion poll, following a States Scrutiny review.

Tasers are already standard equipment available for use by Forces throughout the UK, including Guernsey and the Isle of Man, but even though their use was agreed in Jersey a few years ago temporary UK restrictions on export have meant the force hasn't been able to import them.

Their use in Jersey is now being discussed by the States again.


Chief Officer Mike Bowron said: "Currently we are faced with the leap from batons and CS spray straight to firearms, with no middle-level option for responding to any serious incidents where members of the public “ not to mention my own officers “ may be at risk.


"Tasers would offer us a valuable extra dimension to our policing armoury and I don't relish the thought of one day having to deal with an incident where one of my officers has been seriously injured because we didn't have this option available to us.


"Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own view and I would encourage everyone to make their own views known by taking part in this very crucial survey.


Sgt Simon Thomas, President of the States of Jersey Police Association, is also calling on people to take part in the survey. "It should only take a few minutes of your time, but it will influence decision-making on this important subject.


"As it stands, only a small percentage of the Island's population has taken part in this important survey, commissioned by the Scrutiny Panel to assist in deciding on the need for Tasers to be issued to Police. I would encourage islanders to contribute to that decision while they have the opportunity.

 

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