London force says an additional 1,867 officers will carry devices, taking total to 6,400

The Metropolitan police will significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser electronic weapons, to offer them more protection against a rising tide of violence.

Under the plans announced on Tuesday, another 1,867 officers will carry the devices, taking the total in the Met to 6,400 of its frontline staff, who police chiefs hope will be better able to defend themselves and the public.

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