Stun guns to be added to standard police equipment: Interior minister

06/30/2020 06:44 PM
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Taichung, June 30 (CNA) All police officers in Taiwan will be issued stun guns by the end of the year, as part of their standard equipment, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Tuesday.

Stun guns can be an effective tool for on-duty officers to incapacitate criminals or dangerous suspects, Hsu told reporters on the sidelines of a graduation ceremony for police cadets in Taichung.

The new policy is being implemented under a NT$480 million (US$16 million) budget announced in June by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to help improve benefits and equipment issued to Taiwan police.

The police equipment upgrades would include the purchase of virtual reality training simulators and new batons and walkie-talkies, according to Tsai.

On Tuesday, Hsu said the stun guns will be procured by September and issued to the police, including railway and aviation police, by the end of the year.

Currently, the standard equipment for on-duty police officers in Taiwan generally includes a sidearm, body camera, bulletproof vest, handcuffs, pepper spray and flashlight.

(By Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin)

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