Did anyone see under the Leaps "news" file about the tazers. I guess a couple of the PD's are up in arms because Flynn is trying to say that you have to submit a training plan , insurance etc.. to him before any pd can use them...
The Secretary of Public Safety position needs to be filled by a career civil servant or the like. Nothing will wreak more havoc than a man in that position with ambition, whether political or otherwise. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
I'm stumped as to why Tasers are such a big deal in Massachusetts. We in Los Angeles have been using Tasers since at least the early 80's. I've been here since 1988 and we've never had a problem with them. In fact, the LAPD is a big advocate of them.
I can't remember the last time we had a death related to the use of a Taser. Most patrol units out here carry them. That, along with a bean bag shotgun. These less lethal tools are a big help and certainly lessen the chance of having to actually shoot someone with a "real" gun. I don't understand why it's so difficult to get them for you guys.
If the "powers that be," including some of your chiefs, have concerns, feel free to have them take a look at us out here. We've already got lesson plans and policies in place for their use. Good luck!
Our chief was all set to purchase two of them out of this years budget and wanted to get a few more next year, He sent a sergeant to the instructor school. Now it seems that our town manager has put a stop to this. :twisted: All the bad press that they have been getting is the cause. Oh well I guess I will have to stick with the tools I have, It will be a shame if someone gets shot and killed that could have been hit with a tazer. :roll:
I have to agree with the other officers who carry a taser, they are a good "tool". Just like any other LE tool, they have their pluses and minuses. I am have deployed mine numerous times and they all had the desired effects, I was not hurt and the suspects complied.
Can someone tell me why, this bonehead Flynn, wants to ruin L.E. in Mass. Is he trying to make all your jobs harder than they already are. What the underlining story? Did he test back in the day and was turned down for failing the Psychological test.