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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Saskatchewan taser legislation being reviewed

February 6, 2008
THERESA SERAPHIM, The Prince Albert Daily Herald

The province is reviewing legislation around the police use of Tasers, according to City police chief Dale McFee. “The legislation is under review by the Saskatchewan Police Commission,” said McFee, who is a commissioned officer of that body, adding that happens often. Currently, only trained members of the city police’s SWAT team carry Tasers, but, said McFee, the hope is that the commission will soon make a decision that would open the door for general members to use them, as well.

“There’s certain aspects (of use) that have to be met,” such as volts and amperes, he said. (Huh?!?!)

McFee acknowledged “Taser use is in the media,” but he said he hasn’t heard any concerns about tasers from local residents. “We’ve used the device three times successfully.” McFee said the main advantage to the Taser is that it is “less deadly than a regular firearm.”

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