Gloucestershire Constabulary will be equipped with 30 new tasers and money to pay for training, thanks to Government funding secured by Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl.

Bidding for the equipment opened via a new online platform in January 2020 as part of an initiative to give police more powers and tools to tackle crime, and it was announced that Gloucestershire’s bid had been successful at the start of March 2020. Locally, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime commissioner believes that tasers are another way of supporting frontline officers who are being attacked more frequently.

The Commissioner’s bid included funding for 30 additional tasers and money towards training a number of staff on how to use the equipment in practice, totaling £24,750.

Discussing the bid, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, said: “Since the Home Secretary first announced the opportunity to equip more officers with tasers, we’ve had conversations with the force to understand what is needed and why. As Gloucestershire Constabulary now has a well thought through proposal prepared, we are pleased the Government has granted us funding to pay for it.”

The bid followed the Home Secretary’s commitment to put more officers carrying tasers on the country’s streets through a £10 million ring fenced fund, allowing them to better protect themselves and others from harm.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is a vital option in dangerous situations. This funding forms part of our commitment to ensure forces have the powers, resources and tools they need to keep themselves and the public safe.”