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Lincolnshire Police to receive £140,000 to invest in new tasers




Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to spend on new tasers.

Police and crime commissioner for the county Marc Jones worked with the force to secure the additional funding from the government to pay for 170 new tasers.

The grant is the sixth highest amount for a police force in England, outside of London, and comes from a £10 million pot provided by the Government.

Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers
Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers

The cash will cover the cost of buying the new tasers but the money for batteries, holsters and training has been included by Mr Jones in the budgets for the remainder of this year and next.

Mr Jones said: “The additional tasers will play a significant role in keeping both our communities and our officers safe and will be a huge benefit in policing our rural county.

“The funding, coming soon after the funding to bolster officer numbers, is yet another demonstration of the Home Secretary’s commitment to tackling crime and is very welcome.”

Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers
Lincolnshire Police will receive an extra £140,000 to invest in new tasers

Forces in England and Wales will receive a total of £6.5million to purchase 7,923 devices.

The remainder of the £10 million has been allocated to additional training for taser instructors and £3.3 million to tackle serious violence and county lines drug gangs.

Deputy chief constable Jason Harwin said: “We are delighted to receive additional funding for investing in new tasers.

“Protecting our staff is vital to maintaining a police force that is both physically and emotionally robust and this is one of several key parts of our wellbeing agenda.

"We had received feedback from our staff and the Police Federation that an increase in tasers would be of benefit to staff, which is just another reason why I’m pleased we have been able to secure funding for this investment.”

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