Voters at the annual town meeting tomorrow night will be voting to spend money on a weapon that some police chiefs think has come a long way from its early days, when it was considered to be a glorified cattle prod.
Voters are being asked to spend $15,000 for 12 electronic control devices, known to most as Tasers, which temporarily incapacitate a person. The electric shock they deliver disrupts a person’s voluntary muscle control.
As of May 4, 130 police departments, as well as state troopers in the state police Special Tactical Operations Team, have the devices in their arsenal, according to the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. About three dozen communities in Central Massachusetts have filed with that state office a written policy detailing how the weapon would be used.
Source: Bill Fortier for the Telegram & Gazette via Police One.