DETROIT — The Detroit Police Department is testing out stun guns and is working to determine how officers will use them.

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners in May gave the OK to a proposal by police Chief James Craig to use stun guns. Craig has argued that they’re a tool for officers that can help save lives, since they offer an alternative to an officer using a gun. reports the trial period started in November, with camera-equipped stun guns being issued to 30 officers. Police say the stun guns begin recording video as soon as they are removed from their holsters. Detroit police haven’t said when they expect stun guns to be fully implemented.

Many other departments use stun guns. Critics note, however, that stun guns still can be deadly.

Information from: The Grand Rapids,

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