Metropolitan Police Federation Taser and Firearms Survey Results
The majority of police officers in London believe more of their colleagues should be carrying a Taser, a survey of Metropolitan Police officers has shown.
The poll, by the Metropolitan Police Federation, reveals that 75% of officers surveyed feel all Metropolitan Police officers should be issued with Taser whilst on duty.
Just under 11,000 Met Police officers responded to the survey on Taser and Firearms, which ran for three weeks in January.
As well as indicating that more officers should carry a Taser, the results show that only 6% of officers feel there are currently an “adequate” amount of gun carrying officers in the capital.
The force is currently increasing the number of Authorised Firearms Officers in London.
Results also show that the largest number of respondents - 43.6% - believe there “should be more specialist firearms officers in the Metropolitan Police Service but not all officers should be routinely armed.”
Other results in the survey show:
• 57% of officers who responded said they would be prepared to carry a gun if the Commissioner and the Home Secretary made a decision that all MPS officers should routinely carry a firearm whilst on duty.
• A little over one in four respondents (26%) said that they believe all police officers should be routinely armed.
• 12% of officers surveyed said under no circumstances would they carry a firearm whilst on duty.
• 8.2% of respondents said they would resign from the MPS rather than accept an order to routinely carry a firearm whilst on duty. 86.5% said they would not.
Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said the results would help shape the Staff Association’s future discussions with the new Met Commissioner and the Mayor’s office over Taser, firearms and both officer and public safety.
Mr Marsh said: “We live in dangerous and unpredictable times. London is a major world capital and our members are tasked with keeping the millions who live here and tourists who flock to visit the city safe and secure.
“It is more important than ever that Metropolitan Police officers have the right equipment to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe. And also that we have the right number of officers with that equipment available when they are required.”
He added: “We often hear people talk about what police officers want and we can now say with some certainty that our members feel that more Met Police Officers should be carrying a Taser on London streets.
“We can also say that we know their views on the prospect of being armed.
“When police officers carry a Taser or gun, there is a huge responsibility – not to mention cost and specific training and welfare packages for officers concerned – so we need to start to have discussions about what our members are asking for with a new Commissioner and the Mayor of London.”