REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has said she would welcome frontline police officers using Tasers.

The move comes after the MP spent the day with local officers in and around the town.

Recently Northamptonshire Police announced it will be the first force in the country to arm all of its frontline officers with the electric stun guns.

Days later it was joined by a second force, Durham Constabulary.

There are now calls for the Home Office to fund training for all frontline officers.

However, the issue is controversial, with several deaths linked to the weapons.

The MP said said: “I am a strong supporter of ensuring the police are properly equipped to do their job, which is why I support the rollout of Tasers to all frontline officers.

“A top priority for me is tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and I’ve consistently called for more frontline officers on the streets which we will be seeing by the end of the year with 35 extra police officers for Redditch and North Worcestershire."

During her meeting at Redditch Police Station, Rachel discussed the ever-evolving challenges facing officer, and also joined them on a routine patrol.

One key aspect of discussion was the threats that police officers face on the frontline and what can be done to help to reduce the danger.

To help better protect officers, the possibility of an increased rollout of Tasers across the forces was discussed.