^ That - it's all right for a bit of self defence and I don't begrudge a copper that.It's a stop gap. Only a fully armed service would have the ability to defend itself and the public. Taser doesn't work on people with thick coats, is only effective if the subject is within 15 feet of you, is inaccurate, and slow to reload.
It's better than nothing though I suppose.
That's the main reason for being routinely armed as far as I'm concerned . You then maintain a Cadre of higher trained officer for other incidents.^ That - it's all right for a bit of self defence and I don't begrudge a copper that.
BUT no using it just because people are being a pain in the arse, like they do in the states.
Just so you are aware TASERS are less lethal not non lethal there have been some 150 deaths reported due to them.
RCMP is ArmedThat's the main reason for being routinely armed as far as I'm concerned . You then maintain a Cadre of higher trained officer for other incidents.
I wouldn't use the states as a yardstick for routine arming. Other western countries manage quite well including their cousins north of the border.
Was it the Taser that killed them or a pre existing medical condition? The individuals that died put themselves in a position that the officer with the taser thought deploying taser was the best option. So you can't really blame the taser for their death.Just so you are aware TASERS are less lethal not non lethal there have been some 150 deaths reported due to them.
Yeah, I know. What I meant is that the USA is routinely used as a measure of how cops act when armed. What I was getting at was that other western police services, including Canada, manage to conduct their business quite well without the negative perceptions that seem to surround policing in the states.RCMP is Armed
If by 'current heightened threat level' they mean 'terrorism', then I cannot think of a more inappropriate and ineffectual piece of equipment to deploy in those circumstances... except possibly, a rolled up newspaper.The Police Federation have a valid point in 'requesting/recommending' arming officers due to the current heighten threat level.
You alarmist knob. There's no needs for TASER in relation to CT threat. I've been reminded not to travel in half blues and watch what I put on faceache.If they are issuing plod tazers in relation 'to a perceived terrorist threat' they need to take their collective heads for a shit