The provincial government is going to allow all front line police officers to carry stun guns or Tasers, a decision that is being welcomed by Hamilton’s police chief.
Glenn DeCaire says it provides officers with a “less lethal option” and says he’ll be making recommendations for funding and implementation to the city’s police services board in the near future.
Until now, only supervising and specialized officers have been allowed to carry so-called Conductive Energy Weapons.
Paul Cook, President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, is also welcoming the announcement noting that it’s something they’ve been pushing for since 2007.
Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur has made the decision in response to the fatal
shooting of a Toronto teenager on a streetcar.
She adds that it will be up to local police forces to decide whether to equip their officers with Tasers — and how to pay for them.