Statement DSAC Sub-committee on the Medical Implications of Less-lethal Weapons (DOMILL)

On 20th July 2007, the Home Secretary approved a one year trial by ten police forces of the use of M26 and X26 Tasers by Specially Trained Units (STUs) and Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) at incidents where firearms authority had not been granted. 2. The trial, which commenced on 1st September 2007, was an extension of the then extant policy (addressing use solely by AFOs within firearms authority) to operational deployment of Tasers outside this criterion at incidents involving violence, or threats of violence, of such severity that AFOs and STUs would need to use force to protect the public, themselves or the subject.


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