A new version of the Taser, which can be used from different distances to subdue offenders, is being supplied to police officers by two forces.
The upgrade is being rolled out by Hampshire and Thames Valley forces with the aim of providing better protection to its officers.
A spokesman for the two forces said: “Over the next 12 months the Taser 7 device will replace all of our current X2 models.
“The device is an evolution of its predecessor, improving the safety of our officers and the public, with two cartridge types for use depending on a person’s proximity.”
Assistant Chief Constable Rob France, in charge of the two forces’ joint operations unit, said: “Since the Home Office approved the T7 we have been looking at introducing this to replace the current X2 units our people use.
“Ensuring the safety of everyone in our communities, especially the most vulnerable, is a key priority and Taser has an important role to play in this.
“All Taser-trained officers go through an extensive training program and ongoing refresher training to ensure it is used legally and correctly.
“Of course, we will always do everything we can to resolve a situation without the need to use force; however, there are occasions when we must do so in the interest of public safety, to ensure our own safety, or for the safety of that person , who are involved in the incident.”
ACC France added: “The use of police tactics, including any use of the Taser, whether discharged or only used as a visual deterrent, is being carefully investigated.
“The trust and confidence of those we serve is extremely important to us.”