Inpector Scott Bingham demonstrates the new X26 Taser.
Inpector Scott Bingham demonstrates the new X26 Taser. The Northern Star

Tasers rolled out to NSW local police

THE new state of the art X26 Tasers will help police in the Richmond Local Area Command do their job safely.

Inspector Mick Dempsey completed training with the Tasers last week and says the technology will assist in apprehending violent offenders.

"The Tasers are designed to be non lethal and are another tool to help us deal with violent offenders with a greatly reduced likelihood of either the offender or police being injured," Insp Dempsey said.

Two Tasers have been issued to the Richmond Local Area Command.

The stun guns will be issued to two senior officers, the supervising sergeant and duty officer, at each of the state's 81 local area commands.

Until Friday the weapon was restricted to the NSW Police Force's riot squad and the elite tactical operations unit.

The two squads have used the stun guns about 50 times since they were introduced six years ago.

In a move aimed at alleviating community concerns, the Taser X26 models are fitted with a small video camera on their stock to film their use.

New Sout Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said tough police procedures would avert deaths, such as that of a man who died in Canada last year after being shot repeatedly with Tasers.


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