A YRHT source reports that on Tuesday December 23, the NOPD was at UNO campus "in large numbers" doing some training. Apparently, the NOPD is issuing tasers to its entire(?) police force
and they were undergoing training which "seemed to involve a film, some instruction and the ['tasering'] of each participant."
The source has a few questions about the new policy:
I don't recall any public notice or discussion of this change in policy -- tasers now being part of the regular armament of officers. I know the argument that this cuts down on violence, but recent research seems to suggest otherwise -- people being tased casually, deaths, etc.
Did the council approve this? Has there been any discussion that you know of? Is this a good idea in a dept. that is notoriously out of control?
It wouldn't hurt for the Council to review various incidents
over the past year and determine if they were indeed "tase-worthy". Did this taser training session occur just before the holidays to reduce media exposure of this change in "regular armament of officers"?
They didn't have Tazers already?
Are their cars propelled by their feet as well?
Personally, I think that the Taser is the greatest police implement since the adoption of the two-way radio.
That said, there has to be training and good policy on the use of tasers, along with public education. The taser is not a cure-all, nor is it to something to be feared. It is simply a tool and good public safety management is required for its successful employment.
On the force continuum, if falls somewhere between pepper spray and the baton. It is not a replacement for lethal force, although when used correctly it negates the possibility that lethal force might be necessary.
I'd rather they have Tasers than machine guns and tanks.