USA – Southwest Ohio: New ‘Tridents’ Replace Tasers At SW Ohio Police Dept. (2011-08-29)

Published on August 29 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: The Colerain Township Police Department in southwest Ohio is the first in the state to make a switch in their non-lethal devices. Officers are using a Mark 63 Trident – new device in the field, manufactured by Virginia-based Aegis, the device is several weapons rolled into one, incorporating high intensity light, pepper spray and a stun gun. – instead of the Tasers that have been on the job for the last seven years ]]

CINCINNATI – The Colerain Township Police Department in southwest Ohio is the first in the state to make a switch in their non-lethal devices.

Officers are using a Mark 63 Trident instead of the Tasers that have been on the job for the last seven years.

The Trident can be used as a stun gun, baton, a blinding strobe light and also shoots pepper spray. It’s being called the Swiss army knife of non-lethal weapons.

Police Chief Dan Meloy said it reduces the number of decisions for officers on whether to use a gun or the Trident.

“You have a deadly situation or non deadly situation, one of the two. From the non-deadly situation, you have the tool and the means within one devise to make the decision on how best to handle it,” said Meloy.

After seven years of use, the Colerain department stopped carrying Tasers in May. Meloy said the switch was not made for one single incident.

“You’re always looking to improve, what’s best,” said Meloy.

Although there were no incidents in Colerain Township, Tasers have caused fatalies in southwest Ohio as well as other parts of the country.

Earlier this month, a college bound student was killed after University of Cincinnati police used a Taser on him.

“It was a really sad story and it was unfortunate what happened. I feel like the cops are going to have a lot of situations,” said UC freshman Brandon Minniefield.

Minniefield hopes a new device can be used by more police departments.

“I think it’s a good idea if it’s safer. Someone obviously died from Taser, and they’re going to have to make switch,” said Minniefield.

UC Police Chief Gene Ferrara told ONN-TV that the department is in the process of looking into one of many alternative devices (to Tasers). They will evaluate other tools that are available, said Ferrara.

 

http://www.onntv.com/content/stories/2011/08/29/story-tridents-replace-tasers.html

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