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Police ready to start using tasers

THE justice ministry has prepared legislation allowing the use of tasers by police to tackle violent individuals instead of using firearms.

In a statement, the ministry said the tasers, which have been acquired by the authorities, will be used sparingly, as per the rules of engagement relating to firearms, and only by trained officers.

“It is a fact that in the past there were cases when police could have avoided the use of a firearm during efforts to apprehend suspects, if it had the capability of using tasers,” the statement said.

The bill allowing the use of such weapons was prepared following a study into their operation based on practices employed in other countries.

The legislation will “provide for their limited use, in very special cases where the alternative would be the use of the service pistol, with the aim of avoiding a gun shot that could cause death.

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