POLICE in West Yorkshire will be able to use Taser stun-guns on the public in a wider range of circumstances from today.
In England and Wales at the moment only firearms officers can use the high-voltage weapons in circumstances when they could have used a conventional firearm.
The Home Office has now announced that officers will be able to use stun-guns in less serious incidents but when they still face violence or threats of violence.
From September non-firearms officers will be able to use the weapon.
The West Yorkshire force asked to take part in a 12-month pilot scheme which will begin in 10 forces, allowing ordinary officers to carry the stun gun after training.
More than 3,000 of the devices, which temporarily disable a suspect by delivering a 50,000-volt shock, have been distributed to police.
Amnesty International has opposed use of the US-made weapons, saying they can be lethal.