AN internal review has been launched after a police officer lost a stun gun component while on patrol.
Cheshire Police said the Taser cartridge was misplaced some time between 10am and 6pm on Wednesday, October 2.
The cartridge was attached to the equipment vest of an officer but became detached during the course of his shift and has yet to be found.
The force said the officer had carried out extensive duties across the county.
Police said the potential risk to the public was very low, but are advising the public to be aware and not to tamper with the cartridge if found.
Insp Dave Price said: “The cartridge is safe to handle, and there is no risk providing it is not tampered with in any way.
“If found it should be handed into the nearest police station. This is a very rare event and a full internal review is under way.”
Taser cartridges house barbs which are fired into a target and wires which connect them to the weapon’s hand-grip.
Tasers fire barbs which conduct a 50,000-volt electric shock that cause temporary paralysis in a target. The weapon’s generator is contained in the hand-grip, not the cartridge.
Cartridges can be inadvertently discharged by a build-up of static if picked up or handled.
Anyone who finds the missing cartridge is asked to contact the police on 101 or hand it to the nearest police station.