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Police chief seeks to boost force’s Taser supply: report

The city’s police chief wants to boost the force’s Taser supply and will make his pitch to the Toronto Police Services Board on Thursday, according to a published report.

The Toronto Star reports Chief Bill Blair will be requesting $386,000 in order to provide front-line officers with an additional 184 Tasers.

Blair is seeking a budget increase of 3.2 per cent increase for 2014 — which is slightly over the city managers target of a 2.9 per cent increase to the police budget.

The board has to review and approve the budget plan first, before it gets sent to the city’s budget committee for approval.

Although the board will receive the request on Thursday, it won’t be voting on it yet. Board chair Alok Mukherjee said it is premature to made a decision on the Tasers, given the level of public opposition.

In August, Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur the province’s police forces can make their own deployment decisions on Tasers. She said it will be up to those forces to pay for them.