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Police Use of Taser & Firearms

Question

Please could consider providing me with information regarding police use of firearms and Taser in the United Kingdom. Please consider providing me with the information as follows:

1. The total number of A&S Police officers.

2. The number of A&S Police officers or staff who are authorised to carry or use firearms (not including Taser).

3. The number of A&S Police officers or staff who are authorised to carry or use Taser (including armed response).

Answer

As at 31st March 2016 we had 2,672.52 full time equivalent (FTE) police officers.

Avon and Somerset is part of a collaboration with neighbouring forces, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police to provide specialist operational services across the three force areas. This encompasses the specialisms of firearms, roads policing, collision investigation and dogs. Tri-Force has 257 authorised firearms officers and 684 Taser officers. Please note that this figure is subject to change as new officers receive training.

FOI Ref: 469/16

Date of Request; 27.03.16