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Tower Hamlets police officers carrying Tasers from this week

PUBLISHED: 09:57 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 18 February 2013

Tower Hamlets police officers will be armed with taser guns from today to tackle violent criminals in the borough.

Tower Hamlets police officers will be armed with taser guns from today to tackle violent criminals in the borough.

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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.

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