Archive for the 'Taser rollout' Category

USA – Late to the game, New Jersey learns from Taser errors elsewhere (2004-06-20)

Posted on June 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As tasers (tasercams) get deployed across New Jersey – the last “hold-out” state – they are reported in Camden to have been fire only once when displayed 6 times and “used judiciously”: “when a police officer has the option of either shooting a person or using a Taser, we prefer they use […]

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – RVIPF (British Virgin Island Police Force) roll out TASER/Pepper Spray (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This week, the British Virgin Island police are to be issued with tasers (tasercams, with cameras on the weapon), as less-than-lethal options for subduing or restraining violent, combative and aggressive persons. Ten office ers have been trained to use them. The police chief says this rollout is in compliance with “The U.N. […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police Services Board approves plan to give Tasers to more officers (2014-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ottawa police to get more 1000 more tasers on a two-year trial period. The Ottawa Police Services Board unanimously approved the expanded rollout and purchase of additional Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs), also referred to as Tasers, to front-line patrol officers during a two-year study. Included will be the development a policy that will include training […]

SPAIN – Más de 30 policías locales catalanas tienen ya la polémica pistola eléctrica [[More than 30 municipal Catalan police units already have access to the controversial taser gun]] (2014-04-26)

Posted on April 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS (edited google translation – see Spanish original below in italics): Municipal officers in 30 municipalities in the Catalonia region of Spain are getting access to tasers (150 tasers in all), based on the argument that this will prevent deaths. The taser is principally for use against roudy, drunken tourists. The Interior Ministry […]

CANADA – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: All city police to carry Tasers (2014-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board approved the expanded use of conducted energy weapons for all police officers, for $30,000. It already has tasers for emergency service unit officers, platoon sergeants and a court supervisor. City police responded to six incidents involving Tasers in 2013. The weapon was shown five times […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

AUSTRALIA – Tasers rolled out across country Victoria (2104-04-24)

Posted on April 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Wider rollout of tasers in Victoria: Officers in all 24-hour stations in country Victoria will get Tasers after police trialled the devices in six major regional centres, mostly in cases of people either on drugs or alcohol or with mental illness or a combination of factors trying to do harm to themselves […]

SINGAPORE – Police access to data according to Wikipedia (2014-04-06 – date downloaded)

Posted on April 6 2014 by admin

[[A very brief item from wikipedia, date of origin unknown: The Taser X26 stun gun is part of the officer equipment, which provides another non-lethal means of subduing suspects. Despite some safety concerns due to incidents experienced by foreign police forces, the weapon was deemed suitable for use by trained personnel, and was rolled out […]

CANADA – Public meeting planned as Guelph Police expand Taser use (2014-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2014 by admin

(2014-03-20) CANADA – Public meeting planned as Guelph Police expand Taser use [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: According to the Ottawa Police, an Information session organized to allay fears about the devices, but the Police are to get more Tasers. The police service has set aside $15,000 in the 2014 operating budget to purchase six of the […]

UK – London police officers’ use of Taser stun guns increases by 88% in a year (2014-01-28)

Posted on January 28 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 2011-2012 – 88% increase in the use of tasers by London Police. 3,700 officers have been trained to use them. But tasers were fired only 112 times in 2011 and 136 times in 2012, and 43 times in the first quarter of 2013. Officers are logged as using the weapon even […]

GERMANY – Polizisten fordern Ausrüstung mit Elektroschockern [Police calling for tasers] (2014-01-15)

Posted on January 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (This is an edited google translation: see original German text below in italics) Police in two regions in Germany are demanding tasers to deal with increased violence against police officers. Police unions support the adoption of tasers (already available to special units), but the ministry of the interior says the police already […]

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 […]

CANADA – Saskatoon: Saskatchewan police officers to start carrying Tasers this week (2013-12-16)

Posted on December 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police officers in Saskatoon are to begin carrying Tasers on Wednesday, following 11 hours of training online and in a classroom. The police have purchased 44 tasers and say the media and the public will be made aware each time the device is used. Tasers are only to be used in a […]

FRANCE – Marseille: Les policiers municipaux mieux équipés, mais pour quoi faire ? [Police better equipped, but what for?] (2013-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Marseille police will be getting tasers next January – this had been approved by the right-wing city council in June 2012, but implementation has been delayed. They now have “flash-balls”. It is not clear how these are will be useful in “preventing crime”.]] Metronews SECURITE – A compter de vendredi, […]

CANADA – Ottawa police budget to cost average taxpayer $11 more in 2014 [cost of projected wider taser deployment not included] (2013-10-23)

Posted on October 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Next year’s Ottawa police budget excludes costs for Tasers, even though the police chief would like to see front line officers equipped with them. Following the Ontario government’s call for wider taser rollout, the police chief would like to see many more front line officers equipped with them, but is awaiting […]

CANADA – Saskatoon Police to be armed with Tasers (2013-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A case of proceeding cautiously with a new taser roll-out: Saskatoon police chief says city police will soon be getting tasers “in hopes of preventing the use of lethal force.” Police haven’t used a gun in the last year. The board of police commissioners approved the purchase of 44 X26 Tasers. […]

CANADA – Combine Tasers with cameras for optimal effect (2103-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Why are “liberal-minded” citizens reacting so negatively to Ontario plans to allow more front-line police to use tasers? Tasers, ex-Senate chair of the Committee on National Security and Defence says, will be more acceptable if (1) Tasers cannot be activated without audio-video accompaniment, (2) training and recertification standards are improved, and […]

CANADA – Toronto: Tasers are a tool, not a cure-all for police (2013-10-11)

Posted on October 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering in Peel, Ontario of 80-yr-old dementia sufferer in August shows tasers no magic cure-all for police. Need for more training and better communications skills to avoid repetition of such incidents.]] Toronto Sun Editorial Anyone who thinks Tasers are a magic cure-all when police confront armed individuals who are behaving irrationally […]

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – 10 Police Officers certified to train in TASER use (2013-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New rollout of taserS (25), with cameras, in the West Indies: Tasers will added to the British Virgin Islands police later this year. Ten officers received two days of instructor’s training on the use of the new TASER stun guns last week. The Police chief welcomes the “non-lethal incapacitating weapons” and […]

INDEPTH / CANADA : Retired judge [Braidwood] calls for clear taser rules (2013-10-04)

Posted on October 4 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Many important issues raised if tasers are rolled out to frontline officers in Ontario: criteria for using tasers: causing bodily harm or will imminently cause bodily harm (BC), and not just “assaultive behaviour” as in Ontario; taser-training; inquest findings that supposedly advocate more taser use; whether tasers are a method of […]