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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Vancouver Police Department planning to improve their taser distribution policy for officers

November 14, 2000

With the spotlight glaring on police taser use, the Vancouver police are planning to improve their taser distribution policy for officers. The approximately 120 qualified taser operators in the VPD could soon equipped with personal tasers, much like their firearms, rather than signing them in and out. Superintendent Steve Schnitzer says the current system leaves room for human error. "When they're in a pool of tasers, where they're signed out and written in log books, sometimes there is ambiguity... By having a personally-issued taser it takes away any doubt in a subsequent investigation on who actually discharged that taser." If approved, officers could be armed with personal taser early next year.


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