December 26, 2013
Iowa’s law enforcement academy doesn’t provide training on when or how officers should use stun guns, but a series of lawsuits has convinced some lawmakers that the Legislature should look at the issue.
More than 265 Iowa law enforcement agencies use stun guns and training is typically provided by the manufacturer. But there is no guidance from state or federal officials for when it’s ethical or appropriate to use the weapons.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety is nearing a decision on whether it should equip state patrol officers with the devices.