by Claire Carter, Cross Posted from The Telegraph
Tests of the Discriminating Irritant Projectile (DIP) – a form of gun that will fire an irritant substance like CS gas or pepper spray – are believed to be in the late stages.
The gun has a far greater range than a Taser, which can be fired from 21 feet.
It was put forward for testing along with ideas to use skunk oil pellets and anti-laser technology by Government scientists as a method for controlling future protesters in the wake of the 2011 riots, which took place across the country.
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman told police news website http://www.policeoracle.com: “The Discriminating Irritant Projectile can be fired from a baton gun and has a quantity of micronised CS in the nose cone.
“The range of a Taser is 21 feet – if there is an operational requirement to incapacitate somebody at a distance, the DIP can be deployed from up to 131 feet away.”
The chemicals will be loaded into guns that are currently used to fire plastic bullets.
The Home Office has previously described the DIP as something not intended to cause serious physical injury, but instead to “dissuade or prevent a potentially violent person from their intended course of action.”
The DCC said tests of other types of devices which could be used to control protests with minimum force were ongoing.
He also said tests were taking place on a new version of a Taser gun, the X2, which has the capacity to deal with multiple people, but tests are believed to be in the very early stages and would need to be subject to other assessments – including medical scrutiny.