Discussing Statewide Taser Guidelines

Stun guns are a tool used by many police departments to subdue suspects without deadly force. Now, the state is trying to develop a set of guidelines for when and how tasers should be used.

The first in a series of public hearings to review the use of tasers was held Tuesday morning in Stevens Point. The purpose of the hearings is to listen to advice and recommendations from citizens and law enforcement officers.

Chief Jeff Morris of the Stevens Point Police Department says they are aware of the potential danger, that's why he says they have a system set up where paramedics are immediately contacted if officers come across an unruly suspect.

It's that type of example the state was hoping to hear from a number of departments Tuesday morning. State officials say they'll then use those examples to come up with a statewide training course, that teaches officers when and when not to use a taser.


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