The Atlanta Police Department is buying 400 Tasers so more officers can be armed with a non-lethal weapon, one most law enforcement agencies already use.
Tasers and other electronic stun devices can incapacitate criminals either by touching them directly with the device or shooting probes from a distance of 20 feet or more. Until recently in Atlanta, only SWAT officers have been issued Tasers.
The price tag of the 400 Tasers is estimated to be about $800,000. Although there won’t be enough Tasers to outfit each of the 1,900 Atlanta Police Department officers, officers in the highest crime ridden areas will receive priority.
The Tasers are expected to arrive sometime this fall and each officer will receive training on use-of-force law, APD policies, as well as extensive training on the Tasers.
Tasers and stun guns
work by delivering a temporary, debilitating shock and a are an excellent non-lethal means of subduing armed criminals or suspects who are fighting, resist arrest, or are under the influence of drugs.
Studies have repeatedly shown that the use of Tasers has led to reduced injuries of officers and civilians.
Police spokesman, Carlos Campos said the department decided to use Tasers because they could be “safe and viable alternatives to deadly force … We believe this is a safe and effective alternative tool.”
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