Alex Massie commenting on The Spectator website today raises the issue of safety and asks the question 'when did it become ok for the police to electrocute children?' New figures obtained from the Home Office show that 400 children had Tasers 'drawn' on them in 2013. The BBC highlights that this is a 37% increase on the previous year.
These figures come after the Police Federation recently voted in favour of extending the use of Tasers to every uniformed officer. This vote came as a response to the increase in the terrorist threat level for police, though questions are now being asked about whether such a move is necessary or appropriate to the threat level. Baroness Jenny Jones, responding in a letter to the Guardian warns against abandoning the commitment to an unarmed police force.