Archive for the 'Ireland' Category

IRELAND – Gardai [Police] ‘need Tasers as attacks on patrols rise’ (2014-04-29)

Posted on April 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Police Union is calling for more widespread availability of tasers by the Irish Police demanding that Taser guns be issued to regular patrol units to act as a deterrent against assaults and reduce street violence.]] Irish Independent, by Tom Brady GARDAI want non-lethal Taser guns issued to regular patrol units to […]

UK – TASER International, Inc. Lands London Police Contract (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a TASER press release, we read that the London Metropolitan is about to start trialling 500 TASER International of AXON on-body wearable video cameras. TASER CEO says: “ has been in New Zealand since 2009 and has expanded its data-center deployments on Amazon Web Services to Dublin, Ireland; São Paulo, Brazil; […]

IRELAND – All gardai [Irish police] should carry stun guns, insists judge (2013-06-26)

Posted on June 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following 17-year-old boy who bit a garda’s leg, a judge has called for Taser stun guns to be issued to gardai to deal with out of control public order incidents – backing up proposals made by the police-officers’ union.]] Irish Herald, by Tom Tuite and Ken Foy A JUDGE has called […]

IRELAND – Judge says gardaí [Irish Police] should be equipped with Tasers (2013-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A judge has called for Taser stun guns to be issued to gardaí to deal with public order incidents. It is now restricted to trained members of the armed Emergency Response Unit, based in Dublin, and the five Regional Response Units. “If someone gets out of control [the Police] should be able […]

IRELAND – Gardaí [Police] use Taser on hostage-taker (2012-06-26)

Posted on June 26 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In Ireland, the police have access to tasers in extremely limited circumstances – the Garda (Police) Emergency Response Unit and the Garda Regional Support Unit which is the special unit of the Garda Siochana use the X26 stun gun for crowd control and room clearance and the new Regional Support Units. Here […]

IRELAND – Irish police press for Taser guns (2008-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2010 by admin

The Observer, Henry McDonald … Taser guns, whose use has been opposed by a number of human rights organisations including Amnesty International, are to be given to a limited number of officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) this week. The deployment of the weapons, which can deliver a 50,000-volt shock, coincides with […]

IRELAND – Garda [Irish Police] armed response unit launched for eastern region (2009-08-09)

Posted on August 9 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Tasers to be issued to a 24-member back-up special response unit to support unarmed police officers who unexpectedly find themselves in flashpoint situations with armed or dangerous criminals. The first unit will be in eastern Ireland. It is claimed that ‘The RSUs were “in no way” being introduced as part of a […]

IRELAND – GRA [Police union] to call for stun guns for all gardai [police] (2009-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ireland’s biggest Garda staff association is set to call for the introduction of stun guns for all members of the force and for HIV testing for attackers who bite gardaí or stab them with syringes. This will be debated at a meeting of the police association. This is largely in response to […]

UK – Tasers should be a weapon of last resort only, says Amnesty (2008-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2008 by admin

Amnesty International Press release … Posted: 25 November 2008 Amnesty International today called for guarantees that the Taser electro-shock weapon would not be deployed any wider than specialist firearms officers in Northern Ireland. The organisation called for this assurance after the government announced that police forces in England and Wales could arm frontline officers with […]

IRELAND – Use of electric Taser gun should be an option for gardai (2006-07-21)

Posted on July 7 2006 by admin

A report (the Barr report) recommends the Irish police (gardai) should have access to tasers although “a number of potential problems with the Taser in its then original design and tests had shown its effectiveness to be between 55pc and 86pc.”