Taser use by Notts Police is fair says inspectors

Humberside Police Officers spend the day training to use a Taser Gun-'NBFP PA1339-13e
Humberside Police Officers spend the day training to use a Taser Gun-'NBFP PA1339-13e

Police watchdogs have found Nottinghamshire officer use of tasers to be fair, and that people were treated fairly and respectfully.

The conclusions were drawn in the latest report from the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into police practice.

During the inspection, which took place last year but was only recently published, said it found the force they complied well to the stop and search scheme, staff had a good awareness of the force’s values, that they dealt with complaints well and were improving methods to engage with people.

HMI Zoe Billingham said: “Overall, Nottinghamshire Police treats people fairly and respectfully. The chief officer team is committed to securing an ethical workforce, and staff have a good awareness of how these values influence the way they carry out their roles.

“We found good examples of how the force engages with members of the public, but there is room for improvement here.

“Officers and staff have a good understanding of the people they serve; although this understanding is not recorded which means it cannot be shared across the organisation. There are some teams who see the benefits of engaging with communities but this is not widespread across all roles.

“Nottinghamshire Police is complying with the Home Office’s best use of stop and search scheme.

“The views of young people, including those within black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are captured and there are effective systems to record and analyse stop and search encounters with the relevant figures published on the force website.”