Victoria (Australia) Chief Commissioner Simon Overland has announced that there will be no widespread roll out of Taser stun guns across the force. [LINK]
Instead, the police police will be provided with new, powerful .40-calibre semi-automatic pistols, and (basically) training on how to avoid using them!
Following an internal review of 11 recent police shootings, including December's fatal shooting of teenager Tyler Cassidy, dramatic changes will be made to procedures for confrontations. It is the first overhaul of Victoria Police procedures in a decade. Mr Overland says current police practice, such as shouting at a mentally ill armed person, can escalate situations. New police training will reverse current protocols of rushing to secure an early resolution, which police chiefs say risks the safety of officers and the community. Officers will be retrained in how to identify and speak to vulnerable people and those affected by alcohol or drugs.
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