Streetsboro -- A three-year plan by Police Chief Roy Mosley III to upgrade the department's TASER stun guns took another step forward June 23 when City Council approved $11,855 for the purchase of 10 TASERs.
Council approved the purchase 6-0. Council member Tim Claypoole was absent.
"This is a continuation of a project we got off the ground last year," Mosley told city leaders. "My recommendation to Council last year was to use a tiered approach over three years, with last year being our first phase. My proposal is to go with phase two this year. If everything goes as planned, we'll wrap up this project with phase three in 2015."
The department purchased eight TASER stun guns in 2013, 10 in 2014 and plans to purchase 10 in 2015.
Mosley said the eight TASERS were used right away last year when they arrived. He said three officers are certified as instructors.
"Officers put those [TASER units plus accessories] into the field right away," Mosley said. "They worked out very well."
In 2013, the department spent $9,810 on TASERS, and $11,855 is planned for 2015 Taser purchases.
Council Vice President Bridget Pavlick said when she went through a Streetsboro Citizens Police Academy, she witnessed a stun gun demonstration.
"They work," she said.
Mayor Glenn Broska can also testify that TASERS work after volunteering along with others to take part in a demonstration years ago when he worked for the Twinsburg Fire Department.
"For five seconds, you are totally, completely incapacitated," he said. "But the good thing about it is, the moment that thing stops, you're all right."
Police Lt. Darin Powers said the new TASERS are currently phasing out that ones were purchased in 2003-2004.
"These units are beyond the recommended use time set by the manufacturer," he said.
Powers said prior to using stun guns, "when a subject actively resisted an officer, the officer was required to use hands-on control techniques to gain control of that subject."
"Now, with the TASER, the officer can gain control of an active resistive subject up to 21 feet," Powers said. "This prevents the likelihood of injury to both the officer and the subject. In the 10 years that our agency has used the TASER, we have found it extremely effective at controlling a combative person without causing injury to the officer or that person."
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