The Chicago Police Department will be expanding its use of Tasers by adding one to every beat car in the city and allowing patrol officers to use them for the first time, officials said today.
There are currently 280 on the street and about 380 will be added.
Sergeants and field training officers are the only personnel who carry the weapons now. Officials argue that beat officers, the first responders to fights and other dangerous confrontations, need the weapons.
Officers are getting eight hours of training and the department is designing follow-up courses.
Officers are allowed to use the weapons only when confronted with an active resister – making a movement to avoid arrest – or an assailant.
Source: Annie Sweeney at Chicago Breaking News.