Police Use of Tasers

Police Use of Tasers

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In a brief report, The Home Affairs Committee highlights areas of concern in the supply of Tasers to police forces in England and Wales including the issue of having a monopoly distributor of Tasers. This monopoly supplier had their authority revoked after one of the directors of the company gave an 'unauthorised' Taser to police for use in the hunt for Raoul Moat. Following the revocation of the authority, The Home Affairs Committee held an urgent evidence session in response to suggestions that some police forces were due to run out of Taser stock. During the course of the evidence session, The Committee discovered that a new company had been awarded the authority to supply Tasers to police forces in England and Wales. The Committee expressed concern over a number of issues, including: that police forces in England and Wales were close to running out of Taser cartridges following the revocation of the authority of the original company; that there appeared to be widespread confusion about the parameters of the authority to supply Tasers. Not only did the company distribute an 'unauthorised' Taser to Northumbria Police, it had previously sold the same make of Taser to the National Police Improvement Agency; that the new holder of the authority to supply Tasers to police forces in England and Wales is extensively linked to the former distributor, The new company consisting of more or less identical personnel operating in the same premises with a near-duplicate website and also concern about the adequacy of a monopoly supplier business model in police procurement and urges the Home Office to examine other options in order to encourage competition and ensure that potential monopoly profits are not given to a particular company or group of individuals.Q71 Alun Michael: Yes, but looking forward, will it be absolutely clear that authorisation, under the regulatory system, is specific to specific pieces of kit and others would ... way that they would carry things like the attenuated energy projectile, which is otherwise known as a baton round. ... That guidance was given out in relation to one specific case in the United States involving a lad called Robert Mitchell, anbsp;...

Title:Police Use of Tasers
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Home Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-03-07


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