Representatives from more than 50 police departments throughout the U.S. and Canada are in Houston this week to compare ideas about the use of Taser devices by their officers, says the Houston Chronicle. The conference is sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum. “It’s basically an overview of Taser use,” said Houston Police Lt. Joe Buttitta, the department’s chief of staff. “The ultimate outcome of the conference will be a nationwide policy that they feel are the best practices in the use of Tasers.”
Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt has championed the use of the controversial electronic stun guns. The Phoenix Police Department deployed about 1,200 Tasers while Hurtt was chief there. Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas last month ordered his department’s 45 stun guns to be reassigned to sergeants and above. Hurtt asked for an academic study of the stun devices, but was unable to get funding from the City Council.