SWEDEN – Taser press release-Sweden approves taser technology by police (2004-10-27)

Published on October 27 2004 by admin

Taser International Ptess Release

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 27 2004 /PRNewswire

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has decided to evaluate the TASER X26 as a new non-lethal device for police use. The field trial period is from October 26, 2004 through May 31, 2005. Prior to the trial period, all of the officers must go through 8 hours of TASER device training. Captain Tapani Hack, from the Supreme Command of Finnish police, is responsible for the actual training. All TASER X26 device deployments during the trial will be documented for review by the Ministry of the Interior at the completion of the trial. Following the trial a decision will be made on further deployment of the TASER X26 based on the field results of the trial.
The Swedish Police Force is also purchasing TASER X26 conducted energy devices for use by police in Sweden. A Swedish Police Review board recently approved TASER technology for field use by the Swedish Police. Three members from the Swedish Police forces attended the first TASER technology training in Finland earlier this week. These instructors will certify other Swedish police officers in the use of TASER technology and develop the trial program for Swedish Police Forces by the end of the year.
About Finnish Police
The Finnish police force employs some 10,970 personnel, most of whom are officers, senior officers, commanding officers and police chiefs in local police units. In 2002, police officers accounted for 7,745 of the total police personnel.
About the Swedish Police
The Swedish police service with more than 22,000 employees working at the national or the local level is one of the biggest government services in Sweden. The Swedish Police employs 16,120 police officers.
TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects. TASER technology is currently in testing or deployment at over 6,000 law enforcement and correctional agencies in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (480) 444-4000 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.

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