Thursday, April 24 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:47:30 GMT
The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.More >>
The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.More >>
have become as common a tool for police officers as their side arm and police
car, but smaller departments have not been able to afford the non-lethal
Seneca County Sheriff's Office is one of those. Deputies there have never had
non-lethal deterrents like mace or tasers issued to them. But now, with some
grant money and the help of Seneca County commissioners, all deputies will be
armed with tasers.
the past,] some of the deputies made a purchase and carried their own, but this
is going to put a taser in the hands of each one of the road deputies,"
explained Sheriff Bill Eckelberry.
Seneca County sprawling 545 square miles, deputies could sometimes find
themselves alone in a violent situation. Now, they will have an alternative to
their firearms for dealing with crime.
they get into a situation and the backup officer is maybe 5-10 minutes away, it
gives them a tool to use to help avoid any injury to themselves and to the
individuals they're dealing with," the sheriff said.
county commissioners approved to pay $5,500 on top of a $9,000 state grant to
purchase the tasers. The sheriff says it will be money well spent.