British Columbia Police Association supports national position on Taser use

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Police Association,
(BCPA), supports the joint position on Taser use announced today by the
Canadian Police Association, (CPA), and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of
Police, (CACP).
    Describing the Taser as a "vital tool that protects the lives of police
and the public" BCPA President Tom Stamatakis notes that the 2,500 members of
the 12 police services across B.C. that he represents "support the use of the
Taser within clear guidelines".
    "The Taser is an effective intermediate compliance tool that reduces the
need for police to rely on higher levels of force, and we believe most members
of the public would agree with that," adds Stamatakis.
    "The BCPA also joins with the CPA and the Chiefs in stressing the need
for greater public awareness about the use of force options that police have,
and the factors that we take into account when deciding which one to use," he
    "The vast majority of incidents that our members are dispatched to are
resolved without having to use force to gain compliance but when any level of
force becomes necessary, there is risk", he noted.
    The Taser, known generically as a "Conducted Energy Weapon", (CEW), fires
darts and electrically 'shocks' subjects into submission. Its use was
recommended by a coroner's inquest and it has been in use by the Vancouver
Police since September, 2000.
    It is currently authorized for use by all police services in British
Columbia as well as sheriffs and corrections staff and has been used
effectively and safely in the vast majority of cases.

For further information:

For further information: Tom Stamatakis, President, BCPA, (604)

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