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DE. State Police Equip Troopers with Tasers

February 26, 2008 2:31:38 PM PST
The Delaware State Police (DSP) announced today that a limited number of Troopers have been issued Tasers, the less than lethal, electronic incapacitation device used by police to subdue violent offenders, or those threatening violence, without use of a firearm. Tasers give police an additional tool that reduces and minimizes injuries to both Troopers and suspects in volatile or potentially volatile situations.

Throughout the state, the DSP will equip approximately 100 troopers with the Taser. Prior to being issued a Taser, each Trooper will undergo specific training to insure its proper use. Additionally, the DSP will prepare an annual report covering all data regarding the deployment and use of the Taser to assist in an ongoing assessment of the Taser as a less than lethal law enforcement tool.

The DSP consulted with both the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) before deciding to adopt the Taser as a tool for law enforcement in Delaware. The Police also consulted with national experts in the law enforcement and medical fields.