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