Police officers armed with Tasers more likely to be attacked and use force on suspects, study suggests

Police officers carrying Tasers are both more likely to be assaulted and to use force against suspects, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found City of London officers armed with the electroshock weapons were almost 50 per cent more likely to use force in the line of duty.

It was also found they faced twice as many assaults as unarmed colleagues.

Between June 2016 and June 2017, researchers allocated a Taser-carrying officer to 400 frontline shifts.

Use of force was 48 per cent higher among those City of London officers carrying Tasers than their unarmed counterparts.


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