Hamilton politicians are lashing out at what they consider the latest example of provincial downloading.
They are reacting to the Ontario government’s decision to allow police forces to expand the use of Tasers, while suggesting that municipalities pick up the cost of both of the devices and the required training.
In Hamilton’s case, Councillor Sam Merulla says there’s no way the city is paying a one million dollars for the program’s expansion.
He sees it as part of a “continuous attack on the residential taxpayer”.
A report laying out the cost of 150 additional tasers, as well as the cost of additional training, is expected to appear before city politicians next month.
In the meantime, council is asking the Hamilton Police Service for copies of the force’s policies regarding the use of non-lethal force and de-escalation techniques. Stoney Creek’s Brad Clark says that request is a response to what he’s hearing in the community.