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Met Borough Taser rollout arrives in Haringey

Earlier this month, the Met's lead Taser instructor Sgt Harding gave a series of presentations about Taser to community members and stakeholders in Haringey, giving them the opportunity to have their questions answered.

Taser provides an effective way of dealing with dangerous individuals from a distance, without the need to resort to alternatives such as a baton strike which could have longer lasting effects or injury. 

In the majority of cases in London the presence of a Taser (drawn, aimed, red dot, arced) was sufficient to bring a potentially violent situation to a swift conclusion. 

In 2012 across London, the Taser was drawn from its holster in 620 cases. Of those, 56 incidents resulted in the Taser being used. 

Officers who have volunteered for this duty attend a three-day assessed course - including fitness tests, assessed scenarios responding to simulated calls and a written exam. 

Whether the Taser is drawn from the holster and fired or drawn and not fired, it will be recorded & monitored. 

As with all London boroughs, Haringey will continue to be supported by a number of pan-London units that are already equipped with Taser. 

The Met's priority at all times is the safety and protection of the public and issues of public and officer safety have been carefully considered in the decision to make tasers available to more officers. 

The aim is for each borough to have 40 officers specially trained in the use of Tasers, although only a maximum of four of them will be carrying Taser at any one time per borough. To date officers on 20 boroughs have been trained in the use of Taser.


The Met has carried out and continues to carry out engagement with Community groups about the extended roll out  of Taser.

Today from 7.30pm to 8.30pm join Borough Commander Victor Olisa on Twitter for a Q&A session. If you have any questions for the Borough Commander, pose them to @MPSHaringey, using the hashtag #AskBC.

See more about the Community Taser presentations - 

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