Bulk $2.25M Taser buy approved for Ottawa police

The Ottawa Police Services Board has voted in favour of a plan to put Tasers into the hands of 800 officers by 2020.

The plan will roll out in three phases — Monday night's vote approved the first two of them — and would then continue on an ongoing basis. The first phase calls for 400 conducted electrical weapons manufactured by Taser International, each costing about $2,800, to be purchased this year. The second phase will see the purchase of another 400 weapons in 2019.

In total, the first two phases will cost about $2.25 million, which the city will pay in annual payments over the next five years.

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