Victorian police officers on the beat are set to get their hands on new Taser stun guns after a 12-month trial proved successful for the force. The guns are designed as the new alternative to lethal force and will have high-resolution cameras attached to monitor their use at all times.
Secretary of the Victoria Police association, Greg Davies, told ABC Radio this morning that when a stun gun is used, the high-resolution camera will automatically activate, recording the incident once the trigger has been pressed.
Davies said that the camera system is designed to keep civil liberties groups happy.
"Once the trigger on these Tasers is going to be pulled there is a colour video camera inside the Taser that is instantly activated. So anyone who has concerns about police in Victoria not using Tasers the right way, they can rest assured that if that happens it will be captured on video and the entire thing will be there," he told AM this morning.
"The oversight mechanisms are greater with these things than with just about anything else," he added.
The guns were successfully trialled over 12 months in Bendigo and Morwell, and will be first issued to police in Geelong and Ballarat under the state-wide roll out.
ZDNet Australia's Nerdcam program is now looking to test the camera-equipped Taser stun guns on host Luke Hopewell. Stay tuned for more details.