TYLER, TX – Fulfilling a campaign promise to equip
Smith County Sheriff's Office deputies and personnel with the tools they need
to do their jobs, Sheriff Larry Smith announced today that 49 TASERS are now on
the streets and all personnel for whom the device is applicable have completed
TASERS are Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs) and
are used worldwide by law enforcement to temporarily incapacitate dangerous,
combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers or
themselves. TASERS are generally recognized as a safer alternative to other
uses of force.
"In the spring, I had three members of my office in
the hospital in the middle of the night being treated because they had to
physically subdue a suspect who was on drugs and was violent," said Sheriff
Larry Smith. "Had they had TASERS, they would most likely not have been
injured, and the taxpayers wouldn't be footing their medical bills. When people
are on drugs, sometimes the only way to subdue them is to use a TASER. "
The TASERS (model X2) cost $62,000 and were paid
for by private citizens, business donations and re-appropriated grant funding.
The grant funds were originally earmarked for in-car printers for county patrol
"Obviously, the safety of our patrol officers and
the citizens of this county is a higher priority than the ability to print
documents in a patrol vehicle," said Sheriff Smith.
Sheriff Smith said members of his staff were TASED
during training so that they could understand what the devices do to a person
and how they work.
What is the TASER X2?
The X2 with Smart technology can deploy two
cartridges semi-automatically and simultaneously incapacitate two subjects. The
two-shot system allows the user to recover from a miss and also gain voluntary
compliance with its "Warning Arc" even while loaded. Its dual lasers greatly
assist in adjusting to the preferred targeting zones by indicating where the
bottom will hit. Current Metering measures and accurately delivers the precise
amount of current to maximize both safety and effectiveness. Its enhanced
sensors and Trilogy™ Log record TASER discharge electrical characteristics of
each and every pulse. Its rated IPX2 weatherproofing better resists rain and
humidity more than previous CEW models.
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