Sheffield & South Yorkshire

More police in South Yorkshire trained to use Tasers

Police in South Yorkshire have trained more officers to use Taser stun guns.

The force said there were now more than 230 front-line officers who had been trained to carry them as part of their protective equipment.

South Yorkshire Police said in the past year they had used the guns on 23 people.

A police spokeswoman said they had been fired to prevent suicides, on people assaulting emergency services staff and to calm down domestic abuse situations.

Police said there had also been 76 incidents where a person had been "red dotted", the warning stage prior to a Taser discharge.

Supt Liz Watson said: "Extending the number of officers carrying Taser has been successful and is helping to keep South Yorkshire residents safe."

Tasers work by discharging a pair of barbed probes from an electrical device that connect with skin or clothing to create a circuit, disabling the person.

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