In an effort to give officers more nonlethal alternatives when dealing with criminals, the New York Police Department is expanding its arsenal of stun guns.

The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/1IYTpgL ) there are currently 700 Tasers in use by the department and another 1,000 in inventory.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed the city is contracting to spend up to $4.5 million on the weapons and officers are already undergoing training on how to use them. Currently, only patrol sergeants and members of the Emergency Service Unit are qualified to use the stun guns.

Officials say all supervisors on patrol will be given Tasers.

Police are expected to add 1,000 more Tasers with the funds, which would also include chargers, power sources and darts. The weapons cost around $500 to $1,000 each.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com