Officers Should Have Best Available Kit

POLICE officers should have the best available kit so that they’re protected, safe and able to do their job better, the Chair of Hampshire Police Federation has said.

Zoë Wakefield was speaking after PFEW Health and Safety Lead Mark Andrews pointed out that health and safety regulations mean that Chief Constables should ensure their officers have the best available kit, which includes the new 3rd generation body armour.

Zoë said: “We’ve always pushed for this. Hampshire was one of the forces to offer Taser to anyone that wanted it, because we see the value. Even though the success rates when you fire a Taser aren’t particularly high, just red-dotting someone has a massive impact.

“And we’ve always pushed for making sure we’ve got the best body armour we can have. I think it’s quite obvious that if you give people the best protective equipment, you’re looking after them better. They’re going to feel more protected, they’re going to feel safer, and they’re going to be able to do their job better.”

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