Niagara Police pushing for tasers
An expensive proposition, but important for public safety.
That's Deputy Chief Joe Matthew's take on tasers for police officers.
He tells CKTB's Tim Denis the estimated price tag on outfitting front line officers with tasers to be around $650 000
The Niagara Regional Police Services Board has approved that figure in the next budget, but Regional Council has yet to give it their stamp of approval.
Matthews says he expects the board and council to take a close look at the issue and the finances available.
Earlier this week, Hamilton city council vetoed the expenditure for its police service, instead turning to the province to fund the measure since it was the one that cleared the way for tasers in teh first place.
Matthews says he hasn't heard of funds set aside by the Ministry to help with the costs, but they would certainly welcome them.