Protocol is changing in the U.K., in reaction to the recent attack on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles.
Members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad, the police officers in charge of protecting the royals and other important dignitaries, will now be issued non-lethal tasers. The tasers have a range of 21 feet and fire an electrical shock intended to disable any potential human threat. These new defensive items will supplement the current firearms carried by the squad.
The changes are the result of a massive security breach that left the Royal couple vulnerable to a student mob. The students smashed a window of the vehicle Charles and Camilla were traveling in on December 9, 2010. The vehicle was also splashed with white paint. The Royals were en route to the Royal Variety Performance in Central London.
The new measures are intended to give the officers a tool for subduing subjects, without having to use lethal force.
At the time of the incident, neither the driver nor the armed motorcycle officers left their vehicles.