Fifteen officers are now cleared to use tasers, thanks to a training exercise in Trail, according to Trail Top Cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"From Oct. 21 to 25, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP hosted taser training, which resulted in the certification of eight police officers and the re-certification of seven police officers in its operation."
He said all police officers were from within the West Kootenays (including Trail Detachment) except one who had recently transferred.
Tasers have been carried and deployed by local RCMP officers for some time," he added. "The Taser is an effective intervene option which often deters or stops aggressive physical violence against the police and public. When used correctly, it is a statistically safe intervention tool which helps preserve the public peace.
"The RCMP is currently upgrading to the newest Taser model X-26P as it phased out its older model."