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21 November 2016, 17:31
Essex Police is more than doubling the number of officers trained to use tasers.
More than 130 extra officers - including two dozen dog handlers will now undergo training.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "A small but determined number of criminals and gangs are intent on bringing violence and fear to our streets. We are winning that battle but every day I ask my officers to run towards danger and use force to confront those threats when assaults against them are on the rise. This weekend alone one officer was punched and another suffered arm injuries making an arrest. I simply won't tolerate that and I know the public don’t either. More well-trained officers able to use Tasers make communities and the people who protect them safer and I need the public to know that we will use all the tools at our disposal to take violent crime off our streets.”
Roll-out of the training will begin immediately.