A re-elected ACT Labor government would set aside $2.7 million over three years for an expansion of the capital’s existing tasers program to offer stun-guns fitted with video cameras to all police personnel, but would leave the decision about whether to provide the devices to all officers (and if so, when) to ACT Policing.
The Canberra Liberals have not made an election commitment on the issue but have previously called on the ACT Government to provide Tasers to all front line police officers. Currently only those of the rank of sergeant and above have access to tasers.
The AFP Executive Leadership Committee recently endorsed the general operational issue of tasers beyond the rank of sergeant to all AFP Police Officers.
Labor says the funding factors in specialist training, governance and reporting arrangements.
The fitting of video cameras on tasers is designed to bring greater accountability around the usage of the stun guns.