Watchdog backs police over Taser use incidents
THE use of Tasers by police officers has been “justified and proportionate” in the majority of cases and has helped save lives, a watchdog has found.
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) assessed the use of the devices in its 2018-19 annual report after human rights groups raised concerns about the potential for them to be misused or overused.
Police Scotland announced plans to train and equip more officers with tasers in
It trained and equipped around 500 so-called specially trained officers (STOs), who were then routinely armed with the devices from June 2018.
Over the period of the report, between April 2018 and March 2019, PIRC assessed 34 uses of Tasers and went on to investigate seven of the incidents fully.
It found that in all but one of the seven investigations the use of Tasers had been “necessary, justified and proportionate”.