Tasered: Three targets zapped in Taranaki

17:00, Apr 06 2012

Police have tasered three people in Taranaki since the weapons were brought into service in 2010.

Superintendent Sandra Manderson, police national headquarters, said Tasers were pulled three times in the New Plymouth district and seven times in the Taranaki Rural district between March 22, 2010, and September 30, 2011, and discharged on three of those occasions.

A violent sexual offender attempting to flee police in Opunake was Tasered in May 2010.

Tasers were also used at a gang brawl in Marfell, New Plymouth, in January 2011 and in Hawera in February following a vicious assault, Daily News records show.

Ms Manderson said officers were accountable for any force used.

"Taser training includes the circumstances where a Taser may be used. Officers also undertake four hours of defensive tactics training per year, which includes officers' accountabilities concerning the use of force," she said.

Tasers fire two high voltage electrified barbed probes that can penetrate clothing, rendering the target incapable of resisting.

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