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Taser survey: regional results

Regional results have been released for the Federation's Taser survey which was completed by officers across the country.

The Police Federation of England and Wales has been pushing for a wider roll-out of Taser for some years, and in January announced the results of an online members' survey to gather the views of rank and file officers.

The results have now been broken down into regions.

They show that in the Eastern region, which encompasses Leicestershire Police:

  • 77 per cent of respondents said Taser should be issued to a wider group of front-line officers. The national average was 82 per cent
  • officers working in inner city locations are most likely to be in favour of issuing Taser to a wider group (83 per cent), while those primarily office based (68 per cent) are least likely to be in favour
  • 59 per cent of Eastern region officers trained to carry Taser have used it
  • 79 per cent of those using Taser said they did not need to actually discharge it.


Nationally, 94 per cent of officers wanting Taser issued to a wider group of front-line officers said they were more in favour of this now than when Taser was first introduced.

Also, officers under 25 (93 per cent) are more likely to be in favour of issuing Taser to a wider group of front-line officers than older officers 55 or over (73 per cent).

Officers with under five years' service are also more likely to be in favour (89 per cent) than those with 15 years or more service (81 per cent), although the gap between the two groups has narrowed since 2014.

Officers in neighbourhood policing (86 per cent), roads policing (86 per cent) custody (84 per cent) and response (82 per cent) are most likely to be in favour of issuing Taser to a wider group of front-line officers.