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Nottinghamshire Police equip a number of Specially Trained Officers with Taser conducted energy devices(CED). Not all officers are trained and equipped with these devices and selection and training of officers is subject to careful scrutiny.

What is a taser?

Nottinghamshire Police currently use 2 versions of CED, the Taser X26 and the Taser X2. Both devices operate in a similar fashion. When the Taser is discharged, 2 probes are fired from a cartridge, attached to electrically conductive wires.

The effects of a an effective Taser deployment on the body may include: affected muscles may become rigid, the subject may fall to the ground, the subject may curl up, stiffen or spasm and following a discharge, a subject may feel exhausted, confused and disorientated, but there are rarely long lasting effects.

A cycle from a Taser discharge will be 5 seconds as standard. The Taser delivers 19 pulses of electricity per second throughout this cycle. The risk of injury from the electrical Taser discharge is low, due to the high voltage, but low energy from each pulse of electricity (less than 1/10thof a joule –Defibrillators range between 150 –400 Joules).

If required, the electrical energy can be reactivated following a discharge and can be extended, where required, beyond the standard 5 second cycle.Taser usage is subject to intense scrutiny to ensure its appropriate use.

Further information

College of Policing - Conducted energy device (CED): www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/armed-policing/conducted-energy-devices-taser/

NPCC - FAQs about Taser: www.npcc.police.uk/ThePoliceChiefsBlog/NPCCQuestionsandAnswersonTaser.aspx

Home Office statistics regarding Police use of force: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-use-of-force-statistics-england-and-wales-april-2018-to-march-2019