ACT Policing will introduce video camera enabled, X2 Tasers to frontline Sergeants as the first phase of the whole of Australian Federal Police approach to bring greater accountability around Taser use.
The new Tasers will be introduced today and will be restricted to Sergeants who are supervisors on each shift. The new Tasers will replace the older X26 model, which did not have video cameras mounted.
Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Paul Shakeshaft said the new X2 Taser model brings with it a range of additional safety features.
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“The new X2 Taser model has an audio recording feature, a warning arc capability, a dual cartridge option and a high definition video recording capability that can be activated to record once the Taser safety switch is drawn, aimed or discharged,” Superintendent Shakeshaft said.
“When police are confronted with volatile and violent situations, Tasers with video cameras have the real potential to de-escalate these situations when activated in conjunction with a verbal warning.”
“These new features also assist in ensuring that the weapon is used in accordance with our strict guidelines regarding collection of evidence as well as an appropriate audit trail.”
“Tasers have become less-lethal and appropriate use-of-force option for police to de-escalate violent situations, and can be vital in ensuring our officers are safe while conducting their frontline duties.”
“There have been no recorded deaths or injuries involving Tasers since they were introduced in the ACT.”