Friday, April 4, 2014

RPS officers not "trigger happy" with Tasers, says Regina police

After a five-year moratorium on Taser use, the Regina Police Service has deployed the device three times in the past three weeks.

At this rate, Taser use could surpass 2006 when the device was deployed 11 times, and 2007 - the year before the moratorium began - when RPS officers used Tasers 21 times.

Insp. Darcy Koch, a former Taser instructor and current member of the RPS use of force committee, said he isn't concerned with the frequency of Taser use in March, nor does he believe that RPS officers are over-anxious or "trigger happy" to use the devices.

"It's my belief that officers are using this tool as another tool in their tool box. It's just another option that wasn't previously available to us that now is. And again, it's about providing public safety, officer safety (and) less injuries to the public," he said.

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