Officers to be armed with new tasers

BENDIGO police officers are set to be armed with new tasers.

The state government has announced $13.5 million to rollout 580 tasers to all 24-hour stations across the state.

Bendigo officers have been using tasers for several years. 

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the rollout was an important safety initiative.

“This is a major investment in community safety for rural and regional Victoria and part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to building a safer Victoria,” Mr Wells said.

“Police are often called to respond to violent and dangerous situations involving people who are affected by drugs or alcohol, or who are otherwise at risk of causing harm to police, the community and themselves.

“This announcement will provide regional police officers with modern equipment, and an alternative option to firearms, helping them to manage these complex situations and to minimise the risk of serious injury and fatalities.”

A taser trial had been conducted in six regional centres, including Bendigo. 

But the devices are not without controversy.

Robert Curti died after being tasered 14 times by police in Sydney in March 2012. 

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