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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Police are upgrading their tools to keep residents safer and keep crime under
control in the Glass City.
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
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.
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."
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
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.
now, TPD is taking a different focus with the cameras: Officer training.
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."