There are likely ex-specials turned regular here. If you feel your training is the same as theirs I would suggest you speak to them- You may be surprised.
With regard to you/anyone else needing TASER, I type this having in the last hour returned from a reported knife fight between males and yes I arrived first. I don't have a TASER either, nor have I ever had one- I am not authorised to carry.
I am in exactly the same boat as everyone else here with the difference that I Police a minimum of 40hrs a week and I go to almost all the most violent jobs on my patch which is a very wide urban area with a number of active OCG's, and I do just fine without one- I have other tactical options and have been doing the job for 22 years without the TASER option in my repertoire.
TASER is a situational tool. It is not much use in the middle of a fight- I wonder what situations you think a TASER would have stopped the brawl that ensued...
Most regulars don't have them and exposure for exposure to danger, by hours per week and days per year and likelihood of assignment,for a regular I continue to feel is likely to far exceed that even of the most highly houred Special.
I don't expect Constables or even most Sergeants to think beyond what tools they feel would assist them in doing their jobs. The public perception issue though IS one of huge strategic importance to us as an organisation.
I personally am fairly blaise about TASERS and their usage- (they approximate to batons in my mind if not in the continuum of force) and as such I have little to no reservations about most/all officers being issued with them.
However, I do realise that our relationship with the public might be compromised if our TASER deployments went through the roof due to general issue and the public equated it with routine arming. While the public remain unsupportive we walk a very narrow line in increasing what is perceived our use of force capability. That on the other hand does concern me as the good will of the public is worth taking some strategic risks for.
You may perceive the "argument" as "wearing thin", but with respect it is not for you to say. That is a strategic command decision and you are a community based Special Constable with a tactical view of policing limited to your experience.
One of the things that does make me a little twitchy is officers that really seem to WANT Taser. Then they start talking about taking it home. Then the situations that they think it would have helped, and it doesn't fit with my view of when it's appropriate to use..... I start wondering why...
Your comment about using it/having it to prevent a brawl- Again it makes me think ...No not yet.... Not for that officer, and one of the things I do is decide who on my teams gets trained and who doesn't.
An officer that sees TASER as one of a number of tactical options and calmly draws it/holsters it as appropriate to the unfolding situation is the one I write up for it. The officer that sees it as a defence to violence less so.
I'm afraid I take our relationship with the public very seriously. When I dictate to officers about when and how they use force, those instructions are orders. I give those instructions with the benefit of many years of experience of dealing with some very, very violent individuals combined with my sense of duty to the public we protect. Those orders are backed up with the seniority of my rank and the acceptance of my vicarious responsibility for the actions of my team.
Politely put- If you really want a TASER, please don't tell me/us public perception doesn't matter or argue about what you should be using it for, because someone like me will stop you ever getting one. Until you allow us to teach you and you can be seen to have the cool maturity to stick to that training under pressure you won't be given one. Meanwhile your peers around you who are willing to learn will be trained and given that extra tactical option to use when they have need of it.