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Officers now permitted to bring Tasers into court buildings

From today officers will be allowed to take their Taser into court buildings thanks to an amendment made by Lord Ian Burnett, Lord Chief Justice.

The Lord Chief Justice has amended The Criminal Practice Direction  - which covers criminal court procedures - to allow officers to carry a Taser in court as part of their operational equipment when attending on a routine basis.

On 29 October this year, Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, made an amendment which came into effect today (16 November).

The amendment permits officers to carry Tasers in court buildings alongside their standard Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when attending on routine court business.

The amendment will still require an application to be made where the carrying of Tasers is part of a tactical deployment for security purposes.

Lucy D’Orsi, Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Specialist Operations, welcomed the change. DAC D’Orsi is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead on Taser.

John Apter, chair of the Police Federation, also celebrated the news. He tweeted: "I know Lucy D'Orsi has been working on this for a long time, good to see common sense has prevailed”.

“Absolutely the right decision. Thank you for all those who have helped make this happen.”

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