Taser guns right for Jersey, says Home Affairs Minister

Taser gun
Image caption The electrical weapons are used to subdue violent suspects

Taser guns should be used by police in Jersey despite the risk of causing injuries, the island's Home Affairs Minister has said.

Speaking at a public hearing, Ian Le Marquand said he accepted the guns, which affect muscle control, could lead to suspects falling over.

Despite this, he added the Taser guns were right for the island.

A review by the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel is investigating whether the guns should be introduced.

Earlier this month, about 200 people were questioned and 60% said they would not trust the States of Jersey Police to use Tasers responsibly.

The survey, which is still continuing, is part of the review.

It is considering when Tasers might be used in Jersey, the alternatives, the human rights issues, the costs involved and police training.

The electrical weapons are used to subdue violent suspects.

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