2 Jul 2009

Police taser roll-out a step closer

3:50 pm on 2 July 2009

The introduction of the taser for use by New Zealand police has moved a step closer with the completion of a national roadshow on the use of the weapon.

Inspector Jason Ross says a focus of the briefings for police and the media was to dispel what he says are myths about the taser.

While people have died after being tasered overseas, he says no-one has died as a direct result of the electric shock.

The issue of 681 tasers will be rolled-out across New Zealand from about March next year.