Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan says it would be another tool for her department, a tool most every Police force her size across the country has except hers. “When people see that the officers have tasers a lot of times they’ll back off they don’t want to get into a confrontation with a taser.”
The residents in Monroe we talked to mostly agree with the idea, but, they don’t want to be on the other end of one. “As long as they’re not pointing at me, I don’t care. It would probably hurt like hell,” said Tim Kainer.
Chief Duncan would like to outfit 70 of the 90 officers on the force with tasers, mostly those on patrol. At $500 a gun, that comes to $35,000 dollars that Duncan says taxpayers would not be on the hook for, “it would be paid for with asset forfeiture funds, these tasers are actually being paid for by our drug dealers and criminals.”
Monroe City leaders will discuss the issue October 5th.
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