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Bridgeville Police Officers Getting Tasers

Do you think it's a good move for Bridgeville to spend $5,227 on Tasers for the police officers? Tell us in the comments section below.

Bridgeville has purchased four Tasers for the borough police department.

The borough approved the purchase of the Tasers, holsters, training equipment, extra cartridges, batteries and warranties for $5,227.

Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said he was pleased that the department will be able to utilize the Taser with proper training for all of his officers.

King said he’s spent time researching the Taser and writing a department policy on how it would be used in certain situations. He told the borough council on Monday night that half of the 10 “use of force” cases involving his police officers over the past three years might have warranted use of a Taser.

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The issue was brought up last year after a Bridgeville police officer was injured during a scuffle with a suspect. , while pursuing a fugitive and is still rehabilitating in order to return.

King said at the time he wasn’t against the tool, but wanted the training and funding to be adequate.

“A lot of research went into it,” King said.

Besides the equipment purchases and training classes, the borough also budgeted $600 a year to recertify officers.

Board President Nino Petrocelli Sr. said he hoped the Tasers would prevent another officers from being injured for an extended period.

“It could save us a heck of a lot of dough,” Petrocelli said. “I think it’s a good move.”

But King said he’s not sure if the weapon would have prevented Lancia’s injury.

“There’s just no way of knowing,” he said.

He added that the Taser will remain low on the department’s “use of force” checklist and the officers will still carry non-flammable pepper spray.

“This gave me more time to research and construct a policy,” King said of the discussions over the past year.

JR December 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Good idea. Our Police Officers need to have appropriate tools to not only protect themselves but to protect the whole community.
Tracman December 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Lets see... They could have used it 5 times in the last 3 years maybe? Lets see how many times they use it in their first year. I think it's time to start sharing services (regional police) and start saving tax payers some money.
Tracman December 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Lets see they could have used them maybe 5 times in the last 3 years? Lets see how many times they use them in the first year? Just another waist of tax payers money.
Tom W. December 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I agree with JR. Now the Officers will have two levels of force if need. Because once you pull the side arm you are committed to shoot. With the taser people will be less likely to push the issue, because they know that Officers would taser them a lot sooner to restrain them than they would using the Officers side arm.
FunnyMoney December 31, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Taser has been around for long enough that it is reliable and safe tool for police to use on people whom choose to fight them. If it saves one police officer from getting hurt doing his job then 5g is chump change. You cant put a price on safety of police now days wityh how crazy this world is getting.

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