Archive for the 'Taser new purchases' Category

USA – Two More Albuquerque, New Mexico Councilors Question Schultz’s Links with Taser (2014-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – City councillors charge that ex-police chief recommended TASER as a “sole source supplier” (meaning no counter-officers by other potential suppliers) for body-worn cameras – before quitting and becoming a consultant for TASER International. At one point Chief Schulz emailed to TASER stating that the approval process for the contract ‘has been […]

CANADA – Regina, Saskatchewan Police Service officers not “trigger happy” with Tasers, says Regina police (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: After a five-year moratorium on Taser use, the Regina Police Service (RPS) has deployed the device three times in the past three weeks – although no argument is made here for its re-introduction. At this rate, Taser use could surpass 2006 when the device was deployed 11 times, and 2007 – the […]

UK – Tasers for Jersey cops? (2014-04-01)

Posted on April 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In the quasi-independent island government of Jersey, the police are about to receive tasers, a major police argument being that they are “of the firm opinion that the continued absence of Taser could, one day, lead to an avoidable fatal shooting in Jersey”. The cost would be around £32,000 to buy ten […]

CANADA – Hamilton Police find cash for Tasers [from pension fund], board expected to approve (2013-11-11)

Posted on November 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The eHamilton police chief says tasers should be adopted “for public safety, safety of our officers and the opportunity to reduce the escalation of violence.” This will be paid for by a surplus from the municipal employees’ pension fund (according to a 1996 agreement that this could only be used for “officer […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town Metro officers may get Tasers (2013-08-09)

Posted on August 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Cape Town police were authorized to carry tasers in 2001, but there was no control over (its) use… and it was decided to remove it,” a police report said. Now, faced with “members of the public to taunt officers during an arrest”, tasers are being reconsidered as a “least violent or […]

RUSSIA – Russian police to get thousands of [Russian] tasers (2013-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Russian police are planning to arm its officers with nearly 7,000 electroshock nightsticks – nopt TASER International products – according to an order for them published online by officials. 57 million rubles are being spent to purchase AIR-107U electroshock batons which, like tasers, can also be used without direct contact. The weapons […]

AUSTRALIA – New model Tasers introduced to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing (2012-12-21)

Posted on December 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Do the new “X2” tasers excalate or de-escalate policing? ACT – the region around the capital of national Canberra in New South Wales; pop.:340,000 – are purchasing the new X2s for its police. The major advance is its “ a dual cartridge option” – i.e., each unit can fire twice. It also […]

USA – After years of delays, stun guns are in the hands of Burlington County police officers (2012-12-08)

Posted on December 8 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a long article, we learn that New Jersey police are “ecstatic”: they are about to get tasers, new Jersey being, according to this article, the last state to approve their use. Interesting to diuscover that earlier they were permitted to be used only on mentally disturbed people, and the weapons were […]

USA – Taser shares fall after analyst cuts rating (2012-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Do purchases of stun-guns really affect TASR share prices? Over the past 52 weeks, the company’s shares have traded between $3.96 and $9.26. Inb one afternoon of trading, they fell 59 cents (7%). The price Taser’s has been boosted by the company’s focus on growth through customer upgrades and international expansion. ]] […]

USA – Arizona Dept. of Public Safety wasted big bucks on bad equipment (2012-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2012 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : The Taser X3 is a waste of money ! … The Department of Public Safety is scrapping 1,000 new X3 tasers bought in 2010 worth $1.6 million taxpayer dollars. A police spokesman says the X3 was way too big. “So much so that it interfered with their ability to get in […]

UK – London Police Union: The value of Taser (2012-02-19: date uploaded)

Posted on February 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The London Metropolitan Police Federation- a union representing 1/5th of English police officers – is calling for a taser for every police-cruiser: “Anything that can do everything expected of a conventional firearm, yet leaves no-one dead or injured, is going to be a prized piece of equipment. The Taser is just that.” […]

USA – Swartz Creek, Michigan, police add twist with new Tasers [re-arming officers with the ‘safer’ taser X2 at $4000 a unit] (2012-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: SWARTZ CREEK, Genesee County, (pop.5750) Michigan has upgraded to the ‘double-header taser’: from the X26 to the X2. Chief Rick Clolinger said the new Tasers are more efficient in cases where the first shot misses or two suspects are resisting arrest. Hard to imagine how this is possible. At $4000 a unit, […]

USA – Arizona: Purchase of Tasers for Department of Public Safety questioned – Officer who submitted request has ties to firm (2011-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Arizona Department of Public Safety (state police) just increased its order for 800 new taser from $800,000 to a new order for 1,000 newer-model Tasers and accessories at a cost of more than $1.9 million. – This was the decision of one man, Sgt. Bud Clark, who failed to declare […]

USA – Chandler, Arizona trades up to new Taser stun guns [rebate by TASER Inc.] (2011-11-30)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A typical example of “upgrading” as X26 tasers reach the end of their 10-year life-expectancy. The new two-shock X2 is touted as safer, but then, for TASER Inc., there was no safety problem with the older model! It is actually more cumbersome with no improved targeting mechanism – it just fires […]

UK – Why giving the Met – the London Police – more Tasers is not the answer (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In an editorial, the author, an “ardent fan of draconian discipline and parameters for young people” argues a major increase in tasers for the police “could be both inflammatory and spectacularly counter-productive”, especially in areas where there are high density ethnic minority populations, where exuberance and lack of respect for authorities is likely […]

UK – London: Give all my police Tasers, says Metropolitan police chief (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Following the riots of the summer and demands from some for “tougher policing”, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, called for officers to be routinely issued with Tasers to enable them to combat outbreaks of violence: “I want to see wide availability of Taser. What we need to make sure is that […]

BRAZIL – Maringa Municipal Police to haver tasers? (2010-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2010 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Note – With apologies, this article is translated from the Spanish using “Google Translator”. The original version in Portuguese appears below the translation. Maringa (south-eatern Brazil, pop. 35,000) City Council is debating the introduction of tasers for its police. Cont4stoing Amnesty International figures, The manager of Public Safety Maringá, Paulo Mantovani, denies, however, […]