Tower Hamlets police officers carrying Tasers from this week
PUBLISHED: 09:57 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 18 February 2013
Police in Tower Hamlets are carrying Taser guns on the beat from today.
The weapons are being rolled out to non-specialist officers, having previously only been issued to firearms officers.
The borough’s police force has been allocated eight Tasers, at a cost of around £1,000 each.
Those officers who will carry the weapons have undertaken a “rigorous” three day training programme in preparation.
Ch Insp Mick Sanderson, who is overseeing their introduction, said of the weapons: “It’s very effective.
“It causes no long-term damage, and minimal short-term damage.”
The Metropolitan Police is currently in the process of introducing the weapons across all London boroughs.