Taser Hamilton Pd Deploys 2001
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Hlmillon, OH Jaurt1ll- Hm K,mWIIi Nfl "'" Sl1unl" D2.,131 .AIL 14. 2881 IIInUCI IIIll I1'1 1mlillllllil .<288 1B11I1'lI LllUiUl rIlE ss I.: LJ r rI !'I(; S 1I Hamilton police add tasers to arsenal By David Gilligan Jou.....·News HAMILTON Crime suspects may be in for a shock when the Hamilton Police Department unveils the most recent addition to its nonlethal arsenal of weapons ~ t.asers. -There are times when leUlsl force is necessary for the safety of an officer or the general public,~ said Sgt. Ed BUllS, training supervisor. "The tasera allow us to incapacitate a victim through electric shock, without compromising the 8afet~ of the officer or the suspect. The M26 air taser delivers 26 watts of electricity to the 8USpect through two tiny needles that can be shot from 21 feet away, Buns said. The current is transported over two electric wires connecting the power source inside the gun and the needles, he said. The l.6-soo:;md shock disropts the muscular movements of its target, disabling the suspect. he said. -Conventional stun guns require you to be in close contact with the suspe<:t, 80 (Illy number of things cun go wrong: Buns said. ~,],hc tasers allow us to keep our distance, decreasing the challcelOof .something gOlOg wrong in a nonlethal wuy,~ The gun is powered by eight M batteries and even has a dala port that can I.ransmit firing information to a computer. The weapon also has clearly marked yellow and black sl.ripes down the barrel, 80 officers can determine whnt weapon another officer is using. Buns on Fridur demonstrated the weapoll 8 capabilities by firing at a me\..allic shooting target. The blue light of el()ctricity crnckled throughout the entire target as the needles slammed deadon into its center. Buns said there have been -- Hamilton police Sgt. Steve Ebbing shows the M26 air taser to Officer cana Holzhauer Te1:ently. The 40 tasers the department purchased deliver 26 watts of electricity to a suspect from up to 21 feet away, providing a nonlethal alternative to suppntSs • dangerous SUbJect. no reports of death or severe injury associated with the use of the M26 from any law enforcement agency that deploys the weapon. Other nonlethal weapons include benn bag rounds fired from a shotgun. but those can still injure a suspect. he said. "Tascrs (lI'C Just another less lethal option in the officer's equipment to reduce the risk of inju?, to both officer and suspect. Mid Cnpl. Steve Pouleman06. The depa.rtment spent $31,000 from the federalloeal law enforcement block grant to purchase 40 tasers and 1,500 cartridges, Buns said. Each cartridge fires one round. Section supervisors will be subject to an eight-hour training course on the use of the M26, while the remaining officers will receive instruction at their mandatory bian· nual in-service training in September, he said. Said Chief Neil Ferdelman, ·We thought this was a tremendous purchase, partie.' ulady for our taxpayers because it all comes from federal grant money -In light of the increased awareness across the country on use of force tactics, the tasers prevent lethal force and keep the officer, suspect and the public free from danger.~