Tory councillor calls for Bristol police to be routinely armed with stun guns
A Conservative councillor has called on Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to regularly arm police officers with TASER stun-guns on the streets of Bristol.
Councillor Richard Eddy, ward councillor for Bishopsworth, who served on the Avon & Somerset Police Authority’s selection body before the first direct elections for the PCC in November, has written to Mrs Mountstevens suggesting the time has come for a radical review of the force’s existing policy.
His call comes in the wake of the news that the Police Federation in Wiltshire is lobbying for stun-guns to be routinely issued to serving police officers.
Mr Eddy said: “The United Kingdom has a commendable history of non-armed police officers, but now that a non-lethal alternative to firearms is available it would be wrong to automatically insist that the police are not able to properly defend themselves.
“It is not only unfair but monstrously immoral for bobbies on the beat to be expected to confront dangerous criminals armed only with their wits and a truncheon.
“The recent example in Manchester where two unarmed WPCs were tragically ambushed and murdered is a timely reminder of the risks to life and limb which our police officers daily brave.
“Despite budget restrictions, it would be appalling if the absence of TASER stun guns contributed to further losses of personnel and helped to compromise the effectiveness of the police.
“I have written to Sue Mountstevens regarding this matter and hope to see a reversal of the existing out-dated policy.”