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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Taser standards

July 26, 2008
The Ottawa Citizen

The Canada Safety Council has long advocated and fully agrees that standards for the efficacy and use of Tasers must be developed. This is a position shared by many concerned organizations.

Relying strictly on manufacturers' specifications is completely unacceptable. The fact that this has not happened is simply mind-boggling and inexcusable! Think of any other electrical product that is not subject to testing and certification.

Without question, establishing minimum standards would be a step in the right direction to further ensure police accountability and to allay public fears and concerns.

Emile Therien, Ottawa
Past president,
Canada Safety Council

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