By Charles Crichlow
BAPA is very concerned that the Police Federation is seeking to extend the use of Taser to all Police Officers. We do not believe the rationale put forward by the Police Federation justifies a change in policy particularly at a time when there is still a disturbing level of disproportionality in the use of Police discretionary powers including Stop and Search. The Home Secretary has recently acknowledged that there are abuses in the way Stop and Search powers are used and Ministry of Justice Statistics bear out this reality. We are not convinced that Taser will improve Policing in the current environment, moreover this policy shift if more likely to create more distance between the Police and communities, particularly those who already have little trust and confidence in the Police. Such a policy could ultimately be counterproductive in terms of countering terrorism. The level of investment required to implement and sustain this policy would be better spent on sensibly community development initiatives that help to make our communities safe in the long term.