Staffordshire Police Federation has welcomed reports that the Government is planning to announce a £75 million investment in new-generation Tasers.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman is expected to unveil the plan at the Conservative Party Conference next month.

But a report in the Sunday Mirror said the new equipment would be given to officers from next March once they are approved for use in the UK.

The new Taser 10 has been described as a “game-changer”. It plays a loud digital “sci-fi” sound effect when discharged instead of the natural electrical sound of existing models.

The Home Office is understood to have signed a four-year procurement deal with manufacturer Axon.

Staffordshire Police Federation chair Lee Robinson said he wanted to see the new Tasers rolled out as soon as possible.

He said: “I had the opportunity to see, handle and test fire the new Taser 10 at the Police Federation last week and it is an impressive piece of kit.

“It will help to keep my colleagues and the public safer from harm so I very much welcome this announcement. Its roll out can’t come soon enough.”

Lee said all officers who want to carry Taser should be given the training and resources to do so.

“Taser is an important piece of equipment for the safety of officers and frontline staff. 

“Being a Taser officer involves enhanced training, discipline, decision making and is voluntary. 

“Our members deserve the best equipment available in order to protect themselves and the public.”

“I maintain my view that all frontline officers that want to carry Taser, and are able to pass the national qualifying course, should be able to carry the device.

“I urge chief constables across the country to make this happen with this announcement from the Government.”

Tasers were first used by British police officers in 2003.