If the provincial government wants more Hamilton police officers to carry Tasers, it can pay for them.
That’s the conclusion of Hamilton’s General Issues Committee which has voted to ask Queen’s Park to pick up the tab for the proposed expansion of so-called conducted energy weapons.
The motion was presented by Councillor Lloyd Ferguson and seconded by Sam Merulla who refuses to let the province spend any more of the city’s money to support its own “knee-jerk reaction” to the tragic shooting of a man by police on a Toronto streetcar.
Currently, 219 of the city’s police officers are trained to use Tasers.
The police force’s 992 thousand dollar request, based on the province’s decision to allow for their expanded use, would train and equip another 592 officers.
Ferguson says the city doesn’t have one million dollars and “we need to stop this right now”.