Gloversville police use new tasers

April 03, 2017 06:06 PM

GLOVERSVILLE -- If you've volunteered to be tased to see what it feels like, you probably won't do it a second time.

Gloversville police officers took part in training last month.

They got to experience the probes and the 50,000 volts first-hand.

Now, officers like Christopher Zink are carrying something new on their belts out in the field:  a bright yellow weapon.

"It bridges the gap between deadly physical force and less lethal force.  It gives officers in the field another tool to be better equipped to deal with a critical situation," said Gloversville Police Chief Marc Porter.
In reviewing past incidents of use of force, officers suggested that tasers would be useful.

The department is looking to reduce injuries to both officers and to the public if, for example, they find themselves confronted with extremely violent behavior.

In February, Gloversville police rolled out their new body cameras, which run off the same software as the tasers.

All the new technology will go hand in hand with training in de-escalation tactics.

Gloversville bought eight tasers.

"They're a very effective weapon being less than lethal," said Officer Zink.  "We have multiple applications for it.  Where there was a time when you would have to use hard-hand tactics- pepper spray, batons-- this is going to bridge that gap."

Officer Zink remembers what it was like being tased.

"It's a-- it's not a fun experience. It's immediately incapacitating.  There's not a whole lot of better ways to describe it.  It's painful."

Police wanted to launch the new tasers now before the summer months, when their calls for service usually go up significantly.

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