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

Focus Taiwan
Date: 06/30/2020
By: Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin

CNA file photo for illustrative purpose only

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.    [FULL  STORY]

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