A FURTHER 160 tasers will be given to police in the South Brisbane District, bringing the total in the area to 588.
Police Minister Mark Ryan marked the delivery of the equipment – to take place this week – with Capalaba MP Don Brown and Redlands MP Kim Richards at Capalaba police station on the weekend.
Mr Ryan said the X26P tasers that had been selected as the replacement model were connected through the system police used to access their body worn camera footage.
“This will make taser downloads and firmware updates much easier, saving a significant amount of time for frontline police,” Mr Ryan said.
Queensland police have been using tasers since 2008 after trialling them the previous year.
Capalaba MP Don Brown said tasers were important for the safety of the community, police and offenders.
“Tasers have a high deterrent value for police dealing with aggressive people but can also ensure immediate incapacitation from a safe distance if that is necessary,” Mr Brown said.
Redlands MP Kim Richards said it was important that police had access to the best technology.
“Nothing is more important to the Palaszczuk government than the safety of the people of Queensland and the hardworking police officers who protect them,” the Redlands MP said.
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