Archive for the 'Elite police unit (incl. SWAT teams)' Category

UK – Amnesty International criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police force that almost doubled its use of Tasers last year has been criticised by Amnesty International UK. Thames Valley police revealed that its officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012. Amnesty International UK has called for the use of the weapons to […]

CANADA – Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina police forge ahead with plans to equip officers with Tasers (2013-12-18)

Posted on December 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Regina in moving ahead with the tasers rollout. Currently, the only Regina police officers allowed to use Tasers are members of the SWAT team.]] CTV Regina Regina police are moving full-speed ahead with plans to equip officers with Tasers. Next month, the Board of Police Commissioners will be asked to approve plans […]

SWITZERLAND – Berne : La police maîtrise le guérisseur avec un taser [The police subdue a “healer” with a taser] (2013-08-15)

Posted on August 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An appropriate use of a taser …. Following a complicated stand-off with a “healer” who barricaded himself inside a house and showed himself armed with a samurai and a knife, the Berne elite police unit used a taser. (He had been accused of transmitting AIDS to at least 16 people between […]

CZECH REPUBLIC – Sebevraha v Brně policisté odlákali na cigaretu, pak ho zasáhli taserem [Suicide in Brno police lured by a cigarette, then hit him with a Taser] (2013-06-26)

Posted on June 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Note this is a an edited google translation from Czech – the original appears in italics below.) Brno Riot Police respond to a call from a 23-yr-old’s mother about her son who was drunk and attempting suicide. The police copme and taser him on the balcony apartment. ]] Novinky.cz The dramatic […]

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 […]

INDIA – Taser stun guns enter NSG’s VIP security arsenal (2013-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Indian National Security Guard has procured several tasers potentially for use against protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians – with the aim of avoiding use of lethal weapons.]] Indian Express, by VijaitaSingh Protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians […]

UK – Taser-related deaths raise concerns over ‘non-lethal’ police options [7 UK deaths in the last 2 years] (2011-08-24)

Posted on August 24 2011 by admin

USA – Polk, Florida: deputies among those using long-range XREP Taser (2011-05-16)

Posted on May 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Possibly armed suspect shot in SWAT operation with 2 wireless XREP rounds. 220 US agencies trialing or adopting XREPs, according to TASER Inc. “It’s “the first long-range Taser weapon out there,” said Steve Tuttle, spokesman for the Arizona-based company. “This is for the long-range standoff situations or when someone is barricaded and […]

USA – New High Tech Taser [XREP] being used in Polk County, Florida (2011-05-04)

Posted on May 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Polk County Sheriff’s Office is one of only about two dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida using the powerful new TASER Extended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP): a wireless taser for firing from 100 metres.” The example of “saving lives” may look convincing, but there was no question of negotiating with the suspect: […]

BELIZE – Woman Accuses Belize “Gang Suppression Unit” Of Indiscriminate “Tasering” (2011-03-05)

Posted on April 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Belize – especially Belize City – has a serious problem of gang warfare with gun killings. The police created the “Gang Suppression Unit”  (GSU) arming them, inter allia, with tasers. The GSU, accused of widespread abuse, justifyies the violence of their interventions by repeating “We have a job to do”: their mandate […]

USA – Columbus, Ohio: New X12 Taser can strike suspect 100 feet away. Weapon shoots cartridge that delivers shock (2011-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post is extremely disturbing, recalling the original hype that surrounded the adoption of the M24 and X26. It is likely to be widely picked up on police web-sites and by TASER Inc. “It’s incredibly accurate,” said Sgt. Matt Weekley of the new Taser X12, a shotgun that shoots cordless taser cartridges […]

UK – Northern Ireland – Legal bid to stop PSNI using tasers fails (2011-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Lawyers representing an 8 year-old child (who has not been tasered) appealed to Northern Ireland top judicial body to ban tasers because here mother had been killed by a rubber bullet in 1980 and tasers infringed in children’s rights under European legiuslation. Case rejected.]] BBC … Northern Ireland’s most senior judge has […]

USA – A provocative face-off on traits of a successful officer (2010-12-29)

Posted on December 30 2010 by admin

PoliceOne e-magazine … Provocative comments on police culture: “today’s officer is isolated within a patrol car, emboldened with body armor, quick to draw a TASER or firearm, and slow to engage people skills to resolve everyday issues.” She said ‘One must first think to survive the street.’ He said ‘a thinking cop without a good […]

FRANCE – Taser, six ans de controverse [Taser – 6 years of controversy] (2010-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2010 by admin

Libération : …. D’incidents parfois graves en études contradictoires, l’usage de ce pistolet à décharge électrique, introduit en France en 2004, ne cesse de poser question. Les épisodes précédents. Mars 2004 Pour la première fois en France, le «Taser X-26» est utilisé par des policiers du GIPN (Groupement d’intervention de la police nationale), contre une […]

BRAZIL Military Police (PM) about to receive a non-lethal shock (2010-06-12)

Posted on June 12 2010 by admin

O Dia, Vania Cunha … (Note this translation from Portuguese is based on the Google Tramnslator. The original version appears below) Tasers are one of the weapons for which Military Police are being trained for 2014 & 2016 Sports events … The Shock Battalion is beginning to use equipment this year ‘Ballerina’, such as grenade, […]

UK – Authorised Firearms Officer (wikipedia download: 2010-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2010 by admin

Extract from wikipedia – British police officers who volunteer to carry firearms, receiving 4-7 weeks training …

NEW ZEALAND – Poll-Big ‘no’ to letting all police have guns (2010-01-13)

Posted on January 11 2010 by admin

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10619884 4:00 AM Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 Sixty-five per cent of those polled believed only the armed offenders squad should carry guns. Almost two thirds of people do not want police carrying guns on general duties, saying it is enough to have the armed offenders squad. In a Herald survey, 31 per cent of the […]

UK – One Third of UK TASER Usage is by Non-Firearms Officers (2009-09-18)

Posted on September 18 2009 by admin

From the site : taser.org.uk The Home Office publishes quarterly TASER usage statistics for the UK police. Every quarter they publish the cumulative total usage figures so to obtain the statistics for the last quarter you have to subtract the last set of figures from the current ones. My subtraction revealed the following figures for […]

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 […]

BELGIUM – Le Taser bientôt au ceinturon de nos forces de l’ordre? [Will the taser soon be on police-officers’ belts?] (2009-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Belgian police are enthusiastic about getting tasers soon (“It’ll make it safer for us … Things are less likely to get out of control …”). Civil libertarians fear the contrary: things are more likely to get out of control with the taser, make the police more violent and trivialize police violence.]] […]