All Victorian Police Officers And PSOs Armed With Tasers This Summer
Non-lethal tactic deployed
All Victorian Police and Protective Service Officers will be provided with tasers this summer to help minimise volatile situations, the state government confirmed.
A cohort of specialist officers are already equipped with tasers, yet majority of frontline police and PSOs hold only a baton, capsicum foam and a firearm.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said the decision is about "ensuring police and PSOs have more non-lethal tools at their disposal".
Police Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said taser are a worldwide tool which is considered a critical yet non-lethal tactical option.
"There's a gaping gap between a baton or OC foam or hands-on use of force, and the use of a firearm at the other end," he said.
"A taser provides a less-than-lethal option that bridges the gap, provides a safer environment for police, and also minimises the potential for the use of lethal force by police and PSOs, which will always be an act of last resort."
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