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Orleans Officers Issued Tasers

Last updated on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

(ORLEANS) - Orleans Police Officers have a new tool on their duty belts.

Orleans Police Chief Roy McFarland says officers were issued Tasers that the department recently purchased in an effort to reduce injuries to officers and suspects when suspects try to resist arrest.

A Taser is a weapon that fires electrical probes that give an electric shock of 50,000 volts at low amperage, causing temporary paralysis which allows officers to take a person into
custody without risking injury to the suspect or the officer.

McFarland says prior to being issued a Taser officers had to complete an eight hour training course. During the training course officers had a chance to have the Taser deployed on them and experience the effects of the Taser.

McFarland says Tasers have been proven to be a safe effective way to take violent suspects into custody without injury.

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