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The state plans a wider range of scenarios in which PPA personnel can use tasers.news

A bill in preparation at the Home Office will expand the range of situations in which PPA personnel can use Tasers.

In 2014, when tasers were a relatively new item, they were equated with firearms as far as the law was concerned, said Henry Tinbeg, director of the Department of Justice’s law enforcement and crime policy division. rice field.

However, Tinberg said, “There is no reason to speculate that the use of tasters is any more dangerous than, for example, the use of telescopic batons or tear gas.”

Timberg noted a study in the United States that claimed that both of the latter weapons could actually do more damage than an electric shock. , Certain marks are left on the body, but there are no major injuries,” Tinberg continued.

XJaak Kiviste agreed, adding that the PPA should use weapons that do as little damage as possible. Tear gas and pepper spray, for example, can damage not only the respiratory system, but also bystanders and law enforcement officers controlling gadgets. Or a colleague nearby.

The taser contains two 1 cm long spikes attached to a wire that, when fired at the human body, pierce the skin and form a circuit. Voltage levels as high as 50,000v can be administered, causing temporary muscle paralysis and pain, immobilizing the victim.

A voltage of 50,000 volts paralyzes human muscles, says Jaak Kibiste, head of the Police and Border Protection Commission’s Preparedness and Tactical Equipment Group.

The ERR reports that PPA personnel have been attacked 150 times in the course of their duties over the past four years, and just over a third of those cases are situations where officers are prohibited from using tasers. But batons and pepper spray were allowed. Kiviste cites a recent instance of a PPA patrol breaking up a street fight, after which one of his officials attacked one of his officers.

Kiviste pointed out that a hit to the head or bit from a PPA dog can end up much worse for a criminal than a taser.

Currently, the PPA has to taser about 10 times a year. In this case, a life-threatening situation is required and a firearm can be used instead. So the two weapons are on equal footing. Includes attacks involving bladed weapons. A person who stabbed a guard to death in Tallinn’s Mustamae district this year was immobilized in this manner, while in another case in Varga county, the person threatened to cut himself with a knife.

The first Tasers arrived in the country in 2018, and Timberg estimates that the required use cases could double or triple over the next few years.

Nearly all of the approximately 1,500 frontline PPA staff have completed taser training to the required level, and each patrol is equipped with one.

PPA has about 150 Tasers in operation. The 2018 bid was worth €500,000 and his second bid in 2020 was worth €2.4 million. In all cases, the supplier is the Estonian company Baltic Fox OÜ, the only company with whom negotiations have been held and which has a contract with Axon Enterprise. , an American company that produces the majority of the world’s electroshock-based weapons.

Between 2001 and 2008, nearly 400 people in the U.S. died during arrest procedures using Tasers, but rarely as a direct result of Tasers alone, ERR reports. .

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