Official Says Iowa State Officers Will Get Stun Guns

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A public safety official says Iowa will begin arming state law enforcement officers with stun guns.

The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble told lawmakers Tuesday that officials have decided to equip state officers with the devices.

The decision came after an extensive review.

Noble told lawmakers officers would receive at least eight hours of initial training followed by four hours of annual training.

It's unclear how many officers will be equipped with stun guns.

State law enforcement officers include those working in the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Stun guns are used by more than 250 Iowa law enforcement agencies. Lawmakers are reviewing how officers are trained to use the devices following several allegations of misuse.

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