March 2, 2020 8.47 am This story is over 21 months old

Lincolnshire Police handed £140k to buy Tasers

It’s hoped they’ll help keep communities and police officers safe

Lincolnshire Police officers will arm themselves with 170 extra Tasers thanks to a £140,000 funding win.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones secured the grant, the sixth highest amount for a police force in England, from a £10 million pot provided by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Forces in England and Wales will receive a total of £6.5 million to purchase 7,923 devices.

The remainder of the £10 million has been allocated to additional training for Taser instructors and £3.3 million to tackle serious violence and county lines drug gangs.

The cash will cover the cost of buying the new stun guns but the money for batteries, holsters and training has been included in the budgets for the remainder of this year and next.

PCC Marc Jones said: “The extra money provided by the Home Secretary is very positive news for Lincolnshire.

“The additional tasers will play a significant role in keeping both our communities and our officers safe and will be a huge benefit in policing our rural county.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all and Taser is an important tactical option in potentially dangerous situations.”

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