The Montreal police force wants all of its patrol cars to be equipped with a stun gun by 2020.
The request was made at a Tuesday session of Montreal’s public security committee, reports the Montreal Gazette.
According to Montreal’s interim-Police Chief Martin Prud’homme, the SPVM also wants officers from the metro police, airport police, and its street gang squad ECLIPSE, to carry stun guns.
According to SPVM, in 85% of cases where police deploy stun guns, they don’t actually have to be used because just showing the weapon is enough to de-escalate an incident.
Twelve high-ranking SPVM officers and representatives from Quebec’s provincial police academy presented their reasoning for more tasers to the public security committee.