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TPD technology upgrades improve safety

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Lt. King demonstrates the taser and glasses cam. Lt. King demonstrates the taser and glasses cam.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police are upgrading their tools to keep residents safer and keep crime under control in the Glass City.

"Our technology, as it emerges, we're going to keep looking at it to get best practices," said TPD Lt. Mark King. "It's really about providing the best practices for our community."

Seeing a yellow taser on the belt of an officer is nothing new, but the department decided to upgrade to newer models, giving a new spark to one of their less-lethal options when encountering violence.

"It gets a better connection, and takes our target down, and [we're] not engaging with them so much," King said. "That's when people get injured – when we're really engaging with them, hand to hand. We don't want to do that. We don't want to hurt people."

The new models are a double shot, which helps when officers have to deploy them in the elements. They also have a warning arc that officers can flash before they fire.

Glasses cameras were first introduced to the department's motorcycle unit back in May as a way to keep officers safe. The department is now looking to upgrade these cameras, as well, and get them to all officers on patrol.

For now, TPD is taking a different focus with the cameras: Officer training.

"We use that video, in combination with that, to document their reaction to different stimuli and scenarios, so they make good choices and decisions," King said. "So we incorporate that with our policies we have."

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