- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The city of Pawtucket and its police department says officers are being trained for the use of Taser stun guns that will be deployed this week.

The announcement Monday said the city recently bought 60 X26P Tasers and officers will begin carrying them on duty as they are fully trained in operating them and in the department’s policy for their use.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Greblen said the program gives officers another non-lethal option for subduing people who may be a danger to others or to themselves. He said the city hopes to make the community safer and also improve on-the-job safety for police officers.

Police Chief Paul King said the department’s goal “is to protect people from harm or injury.”

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