Public engagement and scrutiny are key to tackling Taser concerns
The APCC has responded to a report published today by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).
Lisa Townsend, APCC Mental Health and Custody Lead, said: “Today’s report identifies learning from some of the most serious and sensitive incidents involving Taser in recent years. But we must not forget, more typically, that simply the presence of a Taser is enough to deescalate a dangerous situation and ensure no-one comes to any harm. This is testament to the training and professionalism of policing in England and Wales and the core principle of policing by consent.
“Police officer safety is of critical importance to PCCs. We continue to work with and support our Chief Constables to ensure officers have the tools they need, including Taser, to keep themselves and the public safe. We also continue to act as a bridge between policing and the public to ensure concerns, particularly from those who are under-represented and disproportionately affected, are addressed.”
Alison Lowe, the APCC Lead of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, added: “Disproportionality in the use of Taser and other police powers has many complex causes, which we are committed to addressing through the APCC Race Disparity Working Group. We can help all the communities we represent have greater confidence in the police by ensuring transparent and inclusive scrutiny processes are in place.
“The APCC Race Disparity In Focus report showcased a number of ways that we are enabling the public to share views, highlight concerns and, where necessary, challenge forces on their use of powers. Through our Working Group and working with partners nationally, we look forward to continuing to share this good practice and ensure that everyone in our communities - and particularly those impacted by disproportionality - has a voice in policing.”