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Taser Use Giving Police Officers Non-Lethal Alternative

Camden County Police began carrying the devices in May, according to the Courier Post. Gloucester Township and Cherry Hill Police also use Tasers.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated police fired a warning shot in a December incident. In reality, an officer used a Taser, but didn't make contact with the suspect. The suspect then surrendered. Patch apologizes for the error.

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Tasers are providing non-lethal methods to subdue suspects for police officers throughout the region, the Courier Post reports.

On June 15, Gloucester Township Police reported using a Taser on 43-year-old Joseph Jenson during a domestic dispute.

Jenson had left the scene before police could respond to an emergency call, but returned a short time later.

When he tried to force his way past police, the officers had the option of using a Taser rather than a weapon that would have had a longer-lasting impact.

Following the use of the weapon, Jenson was uninjured in the incident, police said, although he was treated at a local hospital before being released into police custody.

The Gloucester Township Police Department has used a Taser three times, including a December incident in which an officer fired a warning shot using his Taser. The suspect in the incident stopped resisting at that point and was arrested without further incident.

Gloucester Township Police have 44 Tasers in the department, according to the report.

The Cherry Hill Police Department has 40 Tasers and has used them in seven incidents, according to the report.

According to the report, 20 Camden County Police Officers trained in the use of a Taser began carrying the devices, which cost $2,500 each, in May.

Taser use by New Jersey police officers was approved in 2011.

For more, visit courierpostonline.com.

SJ Birds Fan June 24, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Great. Another press release from the GT police department. This site has really become useless.
Paul J. DiBartolo June 24, 2014 at 08:52 AM
The fact is that while tasers are, by themselves, non lethal, they can and do lead to lethal results. While tasers are non-lethal when used on a healthy person, I have read any number of stories concerning people with some illness or disability where a tasing was the first step in an incident that ultimately ended in death. The problem here is advertising the taser as non-lethal thus, nothing can go wrong, right? Think again. Additionally, get an individual on the operating side of a taser who is a little too gung-ho, or an individual on the receiving end of 10 or 20 thousand volts who is a little too rambunctious, due to medication, drugs, alcohol, or whatever, and we now have a recipe for disaster. A little bit of escalation in a situation and we have a disaster looking for a place to happen. 44 tasers? Will the fact that a taser is non-lethal prompt its use more frequently? Hmmmmm...
John June 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Don't Taze Me Bro !!

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