Here's a little background: Steve Tuttle, spokesperson for TASER International, which markets the weapon out of the U.S., said Ontario is one of the few provinces not to allow frontline officers to use their product. “We’ve held our breath on this one. We’ve turned blue,” Tuttle told the Star. “There has to be buy-in by the public and law enforcement officials.”
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 1:44:42 PM
More background: Tasers cost about $1,200, but that doesn't include maintenance or training.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:03:07 PM
Some background on Use of Force Guidelines. Click here
for the government's policy on those guidelines.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:11:09 PM
Here is the website
for the company that produces the Taser in the U.S.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:17:54 PM
Taser International says that more than 16,000 public safety agencies in 100 countries rely on its stun guns.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:33:48 PM
Press conference under way.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:37:22 PM
Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario Minister of Community Safety, talking about use of force guidelines and the goals of ensuring safety and providing police with proper tools.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:38:38 PM
Meilleur says Taser first authorized in 2002.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:39:29 PM
Community Safety Minister says today police forces will make their own decisions on whether to employ Tasers. She cites research that showed "better outcomes" than other use of force options.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:41:27 PM
Better training coming, Minister says.
by Curtis Rush 8/27/2013 2:41:45 PM