Rod Boshart
Published: February 10 2014 | 5:19 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:27 am in

Iowa law enforcement officers and jailers would be required to receive training for using Tasers under a bill that unanimously cleared a Senate State Government subcommittee on Monday. Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, said he was pushing for universal Taser training after several out-of-court settlements alleging excessive force by law enforcement officers who used the electronic control devices. Under Senate Study Bill 3077, city and county law officers would be required to undergo Taser training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy while state officers would receive training from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Currently, Iowa has no law requiring such training. The proposed legislation would require officers to be trained in technical uses, along with ethical uses of the devices. Courtney said he expected the bill to come before the full Senate committee on Tuesday and he expected it to “move swiftly” through both legislative chambers en route to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk.


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