Arizona

Oct 26, 2012 6:09 AM by Associated Press

Phoenix police looking to update its stun guns

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Police Department is planning to spend $3.4 million to replace its stun guns with updated models.

Under an agreement with Scottsdale-based Taser International, Phoenix police would receive all 2,365 Tasers up front but pay for them over a five-year period interest-free.

For the first two years, court awards would fund the cost of the Tasers. For the remaining three years, the money would come out of the general fund.

The Arizona Republic says the city's Public Safety, Veterans, Transparency and Ethics Subcommittee approved the request Tuesday.

However, the Phoenix City Council must vote on the expense before the police department can purchase the new Tasers.

Phoenix police have used Tasers since 1999.

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