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Monday, November 15, 2010


November 15, 2010
Damien Murphy, Sydney Morning Herald

Incapacitation seems de rigueur at awards nights, but no one quite does nervous-system overload like stun gun purveyors. Breon Enterprises, the company that distributes the Taser in Australia, teamed up with Rotary to sponsor the inaugural NSW Police Officer of the Year Awards. Breon's director, George Hateley, a former Victoria Police tactical expert, and the NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, were among those at the Shangri-La Hotel grand ballroom on Saturday where more than 130 officers were in the running for the title. Among them was a faceless man or woman listed cryptically as ''Manly undercover operations''. Fortunately, the officer was not required to come forward as the award went to Senior Constable Jason Brooks of Cabramatta for doubling the number of arrests associated with drugs in his local area command. The recent ARIAs are proof that awards nights do not require stun guns to be truly shocking, but Breon's participation is to be expected: the NSW government paid the company $10 million to supply 2200 of the controversial weapons to all front-line police, making Tasers nearly as ubiquitous as poker machines.

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium blog said...

So the vendor of tasers "sponsors" the gala event, eh?

That would typically be considered to be a violation of organizational ethics for any organization with a fully developed and mature ethical policy.

If your vendor buys you an expensive dinner, then you get fired and the vendor is banned.