Published 1 March 2020

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Matthew Scott, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has welcomed funding of £123,750 from Home Secretary Priti Patel for the purchase of more Tasers for Kent Police officers.

The PCC had already agreed to fund the Chief Constable’s plan to give every frontline police officer in Kent a Taser, if they wanted one and passed the training.

This funding will offset the costs of this programme and enable the purchase of 150 Tasers.

Mr Scott:
‘I’m delighted that Priti Patel is taking assaults on police officers seriously by providing this funding to PCCs. And by seeking to double prison sentences for attacks on emergency services workers, a strong message is being sent that these assaults are completely unacceptable.

‘I have campaigned for more Tasers to be provided to the frontline. I am doing my bit locally to keep police officers, staff and the public safe by supporting the roll-out to every officer in Kent who wants one – including many Special Constables.

‘Police officers, staff and volunteers do difficult and dangerous things on our behalf so it’s vital we do all we can to support them.’

Today’s funding announcement comes in the same week that the Government allocated Kent £1,082,215 of ‘surge funding’ to tackle violent crime. Kent’s Violence Reduction Unit has also been allocated £1,160,000 for 2020/21 to continue its multi-agency preventative work.

Mr Scott added:
‘Crime – including offences involving knifes – is starting to fall in Kent and anti-social behaviour is down. Thanks to my budget plans, there could soon be more officers in Kent than ever before. And Kent remains the best-rated force by independent inspectors. I will continue to work hard to make our county safer.’