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Taser guidelines debated in Montpelier

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Vermont lawmakers are considering more regulation for Tasers.

They're weighing whether to require all police agencies to have to meet the same training and use standards for stun guns. Advocates say incidents like the death of a Thetford man tased by a trooper show that police need more training and that all departments should have to follow identical rules. But the Law Enforcement Advisory Board is recommending a policy that gives guidance to departments on Taser use and training but allows them to make their own policies.

"There is the problem of the LEAB not only of having a policy we think is deficient - but also that they can't make the policy mandatory. We think you need a mandatory uniform policy on Tasers," said Allen Gilbert of the Vermont American Civil Liberty Union.

"The checks and balances are in play within our agency and working with the LEAB and working with county and local agencies we can create a policy that I think will have a positive effect on the citizens of Vermont," said Col. Tom L'Esperance with the Vermont State Police.

State Police say Taser use among troopers has dropped over the last 3 years from 80 incidents in 2011 when troopers first got Tasers to 36 uses last year.

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