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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Oversight agency fumbles taser probe

June 19
Letter to the Editor, Toronto Star

With much interest, I read the subject article. Standards for the efficacy and use of Tasers must be developed.

Relying strictly on manufacturers' specifications is completely unacceptable.

A framework to establish priorities and best practices is critical. The fact that the head of the RCMP's watchdog agency did not recommend that standards for these devices be developed is simply mind-boggling and inexcusable.

By not doing so, the watchdog has squandered an outstanding opportunity to move this contentious matter forward and, in the process alleviate public fears and concerns.

Emile Therien, past president, Canada Safety Council, Ottawa

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