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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

May 5, 2009: Taser Use Rises

New figures, just published, show Tasers were used 187 times and discharged 35 times by specially trained police units in the period 1 September 2008 to the 31 December 2008. Taser 'use' includes any time a Taser is drawn, aimed, red-dotted, arced, drive-stunned, or discharged.

Taser figures have shown an increase in use following a successful trial in 10 police forces across England and Wales to extend the use of Tasers beyond dedicated firearms officers to specially trained police response officers. Following the trial Taser was rolled-out to all forces from December 2008.

The new figures also include a breakdown of all Taser use across England and Wales since it was first introduced in April 2004. Statistics revealed a total of 4,046 uses and 1181 discharges.

Tasers are promoted as an invaluable tool in promoting public and police safety. In situations where there has been a real possibility of someone being seriously injured or killed, it is argued, Tasers have contributed to resolving the incident without injury. In a significant proportion of cases they have not needed to be fired; drawing or aiming the Taser has been enough of a deterrent.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith commented:

'I am proud that we have one of the few police services around the world that do not regularly carry firearms and I want to keep it that way. But I am committed to giving the police the tools they need to get crime off our streets. asers are making a real difference on our streets, not only keeping the public safe but also protecting our police officers.

'That is why I made funding of £8 million available to police forces to bid for Tasers following the rollout of Taser to specially trained police response officers in all forces. Along with this I also made an additional £2.3 million fund for cartridges to help ensure that this valuable form of defence is rolled out as quickly as possible.'

The £8 million fund to support the national roll-out from the trial has already led to forces taking up 7000 new Tasers.