CALL FOR TASER AND PEPPER SPRAY TO BE LEGALIZED – MAY 6, 2019

The President of the Jamaica Society for Industry Security (JSIS) and Securtity Consultant, George Overton, is recommending that the use of tasers and pepper spray be legalized, as there is currently a growing demand for the items.

Overton is urging  the government to review the laws restricting the importation of the products.

He belives law enforcement  should make use of tasers in moments of physical altercations rather than reaching for a gun..

“If you look at a number of confrontations between police officers and bus and taxi drivers, its going from a physical altercation to the use of a gun. If law enforcement officers had a taser, it would be a physical altercation ending with the use of the taser against the offending persons. So it does lend that element of deescalation” Overton stated.

The Jamaica Customs Act that bans the importation of the device, Overton says, shows a lack of understanding and the laws needs to be updated to accept the use of this  tool.

Overton states that persons must, however, take proper care and only resort to using the device if the confrontation becomes physical.. He added that there may be legal repercussions if the devices are used outside of their intended defence purposes.

He belives that if the country is able to provide reasonable self defense tools, we should see a reduction in the number of persons being attacked.