Hamilton wants province to pay to train and equip cops with stun guns

Much better than real guns, however they do still have the ability to be abused.

Global News

HAMILTON, Ont. – Hamilton police want to arm their frontline officers with Tasers now that it’s approved by the province, but city officials say they want Queen’s Park to pick up the tab.

Hamilton’s general issues committee has voted to ask the province to pay the nearly $1 million cost for the proposed expansion of the use of conducted energy weapons.

Currently, 219 of Hamilton’s police officers are trained to use Tasers.

The police force’s $992,000 request, based on the province’s decision to allow for their expanded use, would train and equip another 592 officers.

The province announced in August that it would permit all frontline police officers to carry stun guns, but said police forces would have to find the funding in their budgets.

Related: Critics of Taser use say de-escalation, not weaponry, should be emphasized

Ontario police chiefs and associations had been pushing the government for years to…

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