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National welcomes Taser deployment decision

Chester Borrows MP
National Party Police Spokesman

27 August 2008

National welcomes Taser deployment decision

The National Party supports the Police Commissioner’s ‘in-principle’ decision to deploy Tasers to frontline police officers, says National’s Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.

“This is in line with National’s policing policy, announced on November 1 last year.

“National is satisfied that the Taser trial has been thorough, and that there are safeguards in place to ensure that misuse and accidents will be minimised.

“The most significant finding of the trial was that of the 128 times a Taser was unholstered, it was discharged only 19 times.

“That deterrent factor is one of the main reasons National favours their rollout.

“We believe it’s important that each Taser will be equipped with a video camera, as well as other auditing devices, and that they will be available only to thoroughly trained, selected frontline staff.

“Tasers have been shown to be an effective tool for deterring offenders who would otherwise have gone on to harm the public, and for allowing police officers to do their jobs safely.

“These are goals that National is happy to sign up to.”


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