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Tasers only used when lives under threat

TASERS IN THE POLICE FORCE

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) first implemented the use of Tasers at two neighbourhood police centres (NPCs) in July 2005.

Initially, only officers from Geylang and Bukit Merah NPCs were issued with the Taser X26 guns.

These non-lethal weapons are now deployed to all NPCs islandwide.

They are capable of temporarily disabling a suspect by sending a 50,000-volt charge though the body. A suspect would be instantly incapacitated once he is Tasered.

This is because two barbed darts from the gun will latch onto the suspect's skin and send volts of electricity through the body, blocking the central nervous system.

A police spokesman told The New Paper that front-line officers are currently equipped with Tasers, revolvers, batons and other equipment.

She stressed that there are strict guidelines on the use of Taser guns.

She added that Tasers had been used in incidents involving subjects who were physically violent or were armed with dangerous weapons such as knives or broken glass bottles.

She said: "The deployment of Tasers in these incidents allowed the subjects to be subdued and the situation was diffused without causing serious injuries to anyone.

"There have been no deaths or serious injuries linked to the use of Tasers by the SPF."

SOME CASES INVOLVING TASERS

APRIL 12, 2014

While sniffing glue, a 50-year-old cleaner hit a police officer and was Tasered.

A police spokesman said the man was later arrested for inhaling intoxicating substance and using criminal force on a public servant.

MARCH 31, 2014

A 47-year-old man was Tasered and arrested after the police received a call about drunk men causing a nuisance at around 4pm on March 31.

This incident took place at Block 52, Chin Swee Road. Police said the man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and suspected consumption of controlled drugs.

FEB 26, 2013

A 31-year-old man stripped naked in public and caused a commotion at Bukit Panjang.

A policeman saw him and told him to get dressed, but the man refused and charged at the officer. He even threw a punch at the policeman's face, but the officer managed to evade the blow.

When the man continued to be aggressive, the officer took out his Taser gun and threatened to use it. Later, two more policemen arrived at the scene and helped apprehend the man.


This article was first published on July 21, 2014.
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