MORE police officers should be armed with Tasers according to the head of the police federation for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
John Apter made the call following the publication of latest figures, which showed that they had been used 266 times in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during 2015.
Those incidents included occasions when the electric shock devices were not fired, but the 'red dot’ sight had been used.
Mr Apter said: "These figures show that Taser is used in a proportionate way. It is an important piece of equipment which helps our officers to protect themselves and the public.
"We know that in many circumstances the mere presence of an officer having a Taser causes an individual who is intent on using violence to moderate their behaviour.
"Following a campaign by Hampshire Police Federation we have increased the number of officers trained in the use of Taser. I welcome this but I want to see more officers trained.
"I know of many cases where officers have been saved from serious injury because they have had access to Taser. Taser is an essential piece of equipment which keeps officer safe. We need to move away from a position where only a minority of officers have it at their disposal."