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Police Taser gun trial under way

The pilot project will train 30 beat officers to user Taser guns

Up to 30 Strathclyde Police officers are taking to their beats, armed with Taser stun guns.

The pilot project, which will run for the next six months, involves officers in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The force introduced the guns in 2005 for use by firearms officers. This is the first time in Scotland they have been issued to beat officers.

Tasers fire a 50,000-volt electrical charge and are designed to incapacitate rather than cause serious injury.

The £45,559 trial by Strathclyde Police is focusing on beat officers in Glasgow city centre and the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas - which have seen a higher number of police assaults.

The officers issued with the stun guns have been given three days of training.

Strathclyde Police Authority gave the go-ahead for the pilot scheme in February.

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