The Police Complaints Authority is supporting the police service’s move to implement the use of non-lethal weapons such as tasers.
The PCA says tasers fill the operational gap once the necessary policies and regulations are also implemented to safeguard against any excessive use of force.
It also believes the use of tasers will improve the levels of accountability in the conduct of police operations as well.
The PCA notes the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions¹ summarized four (4) general principles that must govern use of force. One principle, Necessity states: “Law enforcement officials, in carrying out their duty, shall, as far as possible, apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms. They may use force and firearms only if other means remain ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result.”