Taser needed now to protect officers

14 April 2016

Police officer wearing TaserThe dangers officers face every day was again highlighted in a horrific attack in Sheffield on Wednesday evening (13 April).

Following the incident, in which five officers were injured, further calls have been made for officers who want to be armed with Taser to have it.

Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "This incident highlights the very real dangers that officers face every day and yet again demonstrates the need for chief officers to ensure that the best level of protection is afforded to those who volunteer to serve.

"While Taser may not be the answer to every violent incident, it has been proved to be highly effective in keeping the public, officers and suspects safer than the alternatives. Chiefs must act now and move to provide every officer who wants to carry it, access to Taser before it is too late.

"Our thoughts are with all those officers involved."

The incident happened when South Yorkshire officers were called to Gleadless, Sheffield. The woman PC who arrived first on the scene suffered multiple serious injuries while responding to a domestic incident, which later turned out to involve a man armed with an axe. The PC and a second male officer were injured as they made attempts to arrest the man. Then three other officers, all men, were also injured as they arrested the man, in his 30s, inside the Co-op store, in Blackstock Road, on suspicion of attempted murder.