Police bodyguards to be issued with stun guns to protect the Royals from protesters

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Police officers protecting the Royal Family are being issued with controversial taser stun guns following the attack on Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, by student protesters last year By Jason Lewis, Investigations Editor

The officers are to be given the "non-lethal" option to supplement the conventional firearms that they carry at all times while guarding VIPs.

Members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad, who guard the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, will also be issued with the stun guns which fire a dart into a suspect which can then deliver an electric charge of 50,000 volts.

The move follows widespread criticism of the actions of police bodyguards and their commanders after the Royal couple were attacked as they were driven through central London during violent tuition fee protests in December.

Armed protection officers remained in their vehicle and police outriders did not dismount from their motorcycles as the Royals were surrounded by as many as 20 demonstrators, chanting "Off with their heads" and "Tory scum".

One window of the Rolls-Royce carrying the couple was smashed, the Duchess of Cornwall was poked with a stick.

Paint and dustbins were also thrown at the vehicle as it travelled down Regents Street on the way to the London Palladium for the Royal Variety Performance.

The image of the Duchess of Cornwall open-mouthed in shock as her limousine came under attack led to a review of the way the Royal Family is protected.

Asked whether the highly trained officers had considered opening fire on the protesters, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said they had shown "enormous restraint".

But privately senior Metropolitan Police officers admit that they had been "virtually powerless" on the night the Royal couple were attacked.

The senior Royal protection officer on duty, Inspector Bob Fulton, was in the backup car cut off from the Royals by the crowd.

Police firearms rules prevented him from drawing his weapon, a standard issue 'Glock' pistol, unless "strictly proportionate" to protect the Royals from "violence which poses a real and immediate risk to life".

The rules, drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers and amended last year, meant that even "pointing or aiming" a weapon at another person counts as "use" of a firearm.

Now, after a review of the Royal Protection Squad's procedures, commanders have been told to use the option to arm officers with X26 Tasers to allow "informed decisions on firearms deployment".

It is understood a new Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment suggests the weapons should be regularly issued to close protection teams. Tasers have a range of 21 feet and can be also used to deliver an electric shock to an assailant at close quarters.

Until recently, S014, the royal protection squad, had 20 Tasers but had only been issuing them to officers at "static protection posts on Royal premises". It is understood the squad had opted out of issuing the stun guns to officers on close protection duties.

Diplomatic Protection officers from SO16 had also been using the weapons for "static protection posts and mobile patrols around diplomatic premises in Central London".

Now new police guidance says that "the availability of less lethal weapons and tactical options are intended to provide officers, including those issued with conventional firearms, with a 'differentiated use of force and firearms'.

"Less lethal weapons will, where appropriate, be deployed alongside conventional firearms and other less lethal technologies and options available to firearms officers."

Last night a Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed "all armed units" in the Metropolitan Police now had "access to this less lethal option".

The spokesman added: "A decision was made that carriage of Taser when required should no longer be an option."

Last night former Royal Protection Officer Inspector Ken Wharfe, who was in charge of the security of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince William and Harry when they were children, questioned the thinking behind the decision to deploy Tasers in this way.

He said: "The Taser is ideally suited for dealing with disturbed people in a domestic environment. "Carrying a Taser will lead to confusion about which weapon to use.

"A Taser will just complicate issues and it is another piece of equipment which somebody has got to handle. When you are in a protection environment you want the least amount of kit possible."

Police bodyguards to be issued with stun guns to protect the Royals from protesters - Telegraph
Intresting read
 
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Taser is practical in the CP role, it not only works in the conventional way (21ft) non compliant subjects but also provides a visible and usable deterrent against half wits who while not presenting a lethal threat to your principle are a genuine cause for concern, against whom force has to be used. It is also a very good tool in drive stun for clearing a path through a hostile crowd. It is right that the amount of kit a protection officer has to carry is limited, taser should not be seen as a luxury.
 
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Sorry, but am I the only one who finds this a bit...Gay?

FFS, if you are dumb enough to threaten a VIP under armed police protection, you are no loss to the gene-pool. Collect your Darwin Award, delivered by Mr Glock, and fcuk off.

I know our Septic cousins come in for some stick, but anyone dumb enough to attack Obama would end up as a greasy stain on the tarmac.
 
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I can't understand why its not been used before

CO6,CO19,CO20 and various other units have had them issued for ages and not misused them so not sure why they can't roll them out to all units




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Sorry, but am I the only one who finds this a bit...Gay?

FFS, if you are dumb enough to threaten a VIP under armed police protection, you are no loss to the gene-pool. Collect your Darwin Award, delivered by Mr Glock, and fcuk off.

I know our Septic cousins come in for some stick, but anyone dumb enough to attack Obama would end up as a greasy stain on the tarmac.
Unless they charge at him screaming and throwing objects such as say shoes.
 
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awesome bit of kit in use with someone other then USSS
 
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I can't understand why its not been used before
Oh that answer is easy, ACPO prohibited the use of taser by non uniformed officers, it's something they are massively against for some reason. The only exception they have been willing to make was for SOCA, and then only when they are in SOCA caps and jackets.
 
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Oh that answer is easy, ACPO prohibited the use of taser by non uniformed officers, it's something they are massively against for some reason. The only exception they have been willing to make was for SOCA, and then only when they are in SOCA caps and jackets.
how did the flying squad get round that then
 
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Great, so that means that there'll be DPG blokes tasering themselves in the leg and the load bay at their base will look like the set from Bullseye.
I couldn't possibly comment
 
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I couldn't possibly comment
Evidence was given before the Home Affairs Committee in late December in relation to stocks running low nationally on taser cartridges, some forces are running at critical levels. When the ACPO lead was asked how many cartridges were needed he said 21,000. At the time I thought this was a little high. Now I realise they are giving them to Door Posts and Gates it explains it all.
 
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Evidence was given before the Home Affairs Committee in late December in relation to stocks running low nationally on taser cartridges, some forces are running at critical levels. When the ACPO lead was asked how many cartridges were needed he said 21,000. At the time I thought this was a little high. Now I realise they are giving them to Door Posts and Gates it explains it all.
yeah when you consider thats only enough for what 7,000 officers (IIRC one in taser and 2 reloads is what they issue)
 
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Over 10,000 officers are now trained and authorised to deploy with tasers, a live discharge or two is part of the annual re-qualification. The figure of 21,000 reflects a six month period.

But I was trying to make a joke about DPG being too think and tasering themselves a lot.
 
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But I was trying to make a joke about DPG being too think and tasering themselves a lot.
DPG I thought the boys & girls of CO20 were the resident met thickies (I just hope my mate in TSG doesn't read that he'll hurt me big stylee)
 

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