Norwegian police have used electroshock weapons 168 times in the last two years

PolicePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Electroshock weapons are a useful means of force, according to the police. In the last two years, the weapon has been used 168 times.

The data was revealed in the results of a pilot project, which has been carried out in multiple police districts in the last two years, according to P4.

The experience so far is positive, project manager Kjetil Lussand in the Police Directorate (POD) noted. 

Electroshock weapons are particularly useful in the gray area between milder means of force and firearms. 

Up to 50,000 volts

The high voltage of up to 50,000 volts paralyzes the nervous system that controls the muscles while not injuring the body.

“Those who have tested it out believe that it is a good and useful means of force, which can be used in some situations,” Lussand said.

He stated the dominant type of incident where it is used is when the other party has a knife or sharp objects.

The project will now be evaluated. A final report will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice before the summer, according to P4.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews


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