Ad­vanced tasers tested

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER and SAM BOYER

It’s not clear when or if new tasers be­ing tested by po­lice will come to Auck­land.

The X2 model tasers are be­ing tri­alled by a hand­ful of Welling­ton of­fi­cers over the next six months as po­lice look to­wards an op­tion for re­plac­ing its cur­rent fleet of the weapons.

The new model is more ad­vanced than its pre­de­ces­sor and in­cludes the abil­ity to fire twice as many car­tridges into an of­fender be­fore need­ing to be reloaded.

But a po­lice spokes­woman says a time­frame has not been set down for a na­tional roll out if the trial is suc­cess­ful.

Lat­est fig­ures show of­fi­cers in the Auck­land City District have only had to use tasers 29 times since they were in­tro­duced in 2010.

They’ve been pre­sented, but not dis­charged, an ad­di­tional 114 times.

Na­tion­ally they have helped re­solve 1500 high-risk sit­u­a­tions.

Po­lice na­tional man­ager of op­er­a­tions Su­per­in­ten­dent Barry Tay­lor says there is no ques­tion that tasers have been highly suc­cess­ful, but it is time for an im­prove­ment.

‘‘It works in ex­actly the same way as the old one, but this taser is sim­ply an upgrade.

‘The ad­van­tage of the X2 is that it would not only pro­vide greater cer­tainty and se­cu­rity for po­lice staff when they con­front vi­o­lent and dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers but would also help im­prove pub­lic safety by giv­ing po­lice added ca­pac­ity to de-es­ca­late high-risk sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing more than one of­fender,’’ Mr Tay­lor says.

The tasers cur­rently used carry a cam­era that is ac­ti­vated when it is turned on to record the sit­u­a­tion.

The new model has a higher def­i­ni­tion colour cam­era and can­not be fired for more than five sec­onds at a time.

Also be­ing tri­alled are of­fi­cer-op­er­ated body cam­eras to help bet­ter record sit­u­a­tions where tasers are used.


Shock tac­tic: Se­nior Sergeant Alan Reece demon­strates the new X2 Taser that po­lice are tri­alling in con­junc­tion with a video cam­era worn on glasses.

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