KUANTAN: Policemen in Pahang, especially those in the Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB) and the Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) unit, are required to use taser guns or stun guns while on duty.
State police chief Rosli Ab Rahman said this was to minimise the risk of death and injury to suspects, including rioters.
Sometimes, these suspects can be of unstable mind, violent or attempt to obstruct policemen on duty, he added.
The use of stun guns can minimise the risk of causing death by police in the course of duty, Rosli said at the closing ceremony of a three-day course on the handling of taser guns.
It was attended by 23 participants from the MPV and URB units in the state.
Rosli hoped the course would upgrade the skills of policemen as well as instil confidence in them when handling the taser guns.
The use of such guns was also recommended by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police as it would minimise the use of force on suspects.
All district police stations in the state have been supplied with three taser guns each, he said.