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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saskatchewan Police Commission Looks for Input on Taser Use

June 24, 2009

Right now, Chiefs of Police in Saskatchewan can authorize the use of CEDs - or tasers - only for emergency response teams.

But the Saskatchewan Police Commission is reviewing the devices to determine whether there should be widespread use throughout the province's municipal police forces.

And the Commission is looking for input. Chair Mitch Holash says they've approached a number of organizations like - Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, Saskatchewan Federation Amnesty International, the Provincial Ombudsmen, the Saskatchewan Health Association and the Mental Health Association - to make written submissions.

Holash says they are consulting with groups the Commission feels have a mandate that touches on public interest. He says they hope to make a determination this year but points out there are large amounts of information to sift through so the information will dictate the process.

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