Police in Saskatoon will have stun guns this week

Police officers in Saskatoon will begin carrying stun guns, or conducted energy weapons, on Wednesday.

Police officers in Saskatoon are to begin carrying stun guns, or conducted energy weapons, on Wednesday.

The devices are also known by the brand name Taser.

In a news release issued Monday, the police service said officers who carry the stun guns were required to complete 11 hours of training online and in a classroom.

They've also been better trained on how to keep volatile situations from escalating.

The 44 conducted energy weapons will be stored at police headquarters, where they will be signed out by an officer for the duration of a shift.

Using a stun gun will result in a review of the situation by supervisors.

Police said the media and the public will also be made aware each time the device is used.

A special report presented to the city's Board of Police Commissioners in October highlighted the training policy and accountability for using the weapons.

The use of Tasers and other stun guns was approved by the Saskatchewan Police Commission last January.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill has said the electronic stun guns are only to be used in a confrontation where an officer would normally reach for a firearm and not in a lesser situation such as an argument.


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