Police body cameras 'reduce the need to fire Taser'

Police officers who wear body cameras have Tasered fewer suspects in West Yorkshire, a senior chief has said as figures show a drop in discharges.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle said people "modify their behaviour" when cameras are switched on, leading to 27% fewer Taser incidents in 2017.

In 2016 West Yorkshire Police introduced body-worn video (BWV), which is used by forces across the UK.

ACC Battle said officers used "less force" but they will still use Tasers.



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