April 29, 2014 8:27 am

Ottawa police board approves more stun guns for officers

The Ottawa Police Board has approved adding up to 100 more stun guns for its officers.

File / Global News

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Services Board is unanimously endorsing buying up to 100 more stun guns and letting more staff use the devices.

The decision on a two-year plan recommended by the police service came during the board’s meeting Monday.

Currently, only supervisors and tactical unit members can use the devices, but the new strategy would expand their use to front-line constables.

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The new conducted energy weapons are expected to cost about $2,000 each.

It will be 2015 before any new devices are purchased and used, and this year will provide more training for officers.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says that message was heard loud and clear from both the community and board members.

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