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Charleston Police submits taser training plan

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 2:26 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt has submitted a plan of action regarding taser training.

Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin requested a plan of action from the chief by June 1.

Charleston police chief, mayor working together for more non-lethal force training

On June 1, Chief Hunt sent the letter which says in part, “Re-certification training on Taser was done for reach officer issued and previously certified to carry a Taser, except for one (1), by May 20, 2021. At this time, we have eighty-eight (88) Tasers, a mix of X26a and Taser2, in inventory. Of the eighty-eight (88), fifty-seven (57) are operational and safe for use. Fifty-five (55) of our functioning tasers have been assigned to officers with a current certification and two (2) will remain in the Training division. A thorough evaluation of those assigned a Taser was completed and several additional officers have been certified to carry a Taser. Training these additional officers has placed a balanced number of Tasers on each shift and in the hands of those who are most likely to need the less-lethal option.”

You can read the full letter below:

Charleston Police Letter regarding taser training.
Charleston Police Letter regarding taser training.(City of Charleston, Charleston Police)
Charleston Police letter regarding taser training.
Charleston Police letter regarding taser training.(City of Charleston, Charleston Police)
Letter from CPD regarding taser training.
Letter from CPD regarding taser training.(Charleston Police, City of Charleston)

Mayor Goodwin released a statement:

"This morning, Chief of Police Tyke Hunt presented me with the Charleston Police Department’s plan of action regarding de-escalation and additional non-lethal force options to be used by our officers. This is a good plan and will provide additional tools our officers will use as they work day-in and day-out to keep our City safe.

Noted in the letter were trainings already completed by officers with the help of community leaders and additional trainings that are scheduled for the future.

It also gave a plan regarding body camera equipment upgrades that can be purchased to provide additional transparency and non-lethal options to be used by officers in a variety of situations. While funding for these projects is not currently in the CPD budget, I will work with Charleston City Council and City Manager Jonathan Storage to find ways to provide necessary funding for these needed projects.

While we can always do better, and will continue to do better, the steps outlined in the Chief’s plan will provide more officers with the equipment and training needed to keep everyone safe. I am very happy with this plan as presented and look forward to implementing these measures in a timely fashion.”

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