The Taser X26 is a one-shot Conductive Energy Device. It fires two electrodes attached to insulated conductive wire from a detachable cartridge.
This creates a circuit creating Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation, thereby causing someone's postural muscles to lock up as a result of which they may lose their balance.
Thames Valley Police’s Chief Officer Team agreed in late 2012 to increase the number of officers equipped with Tasers.
This increase will result in around 11 per cent of the Force’s officers being trained in the use of Tasers. This is still below the national average of just under 11.5 per cent.
Previously, only Authorised Firearms Officers carried the device. Since April 2013, selected patrol officers and roads policing proactive officers have been trained to carry Tasers. This training is ongoing into Autumn 2013 and in total 250 officers will be trained in the use of Tasers across the Force area.