Colac police will now be wearing tasers as they patrol the region, becoming the state’s 37th station to receive the devices.
The State Government announced in 2014 that Colac would be one of 37 regional stations, including 24-hour regional stations, to permanently have the devices after a successful trial at Morwell and Bendigo police stations in 2010.
Colac’s uniform police and highway patrol officers have received extensive training to carry and use the conducted energy devices, which are a less-lethal deterrent for violent offenders than firearms.
Superintendent Tony Langdon was at Colac Police Station on Wednesday and said there were 437 devices across the state with 930 police members using them.
Supt Langdon said tasers were successful in deterring and defusing situations with agitated offenders.
He said that since police officers started wearing the devices, they had been drawn 282 times but only discharged 56 times.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.