to connectVideoNew non-lethal ‘ police tech could be a game-changer for the enforcement of the law
Law enforcement agencies across the country have been experimenting with the BolaWrap — it’s a new tech gadget that shoots an 8-foot, bola-style Kevlar tether that wraps around a suspect, such as the police departments in the search for safer alternatives to people in detention.
PHOENIX-A new tech gadget designed to help police look like something out of a Batman movie, but it could turn out to be a game-changer for the enforcement of the law in attempting to arrest the suspect.
BolaWrap, which has been developed by the Apps, Technologies, and blast an 8-foot, bola-style Kevlar-reinforced tether, at 513 metres per second, or about a suspect. Company officials say that it will cause little to no pain at all.
This is the last of the less-than-lethal technology available to law enforcement officers come under fire in the country for fatal police shootings.
“Whenever we go hands-on with a person in custody, for whatever reason, there is always a risk of injury to our officers and the suspects,” los Angeles police chief, Bill Walen, told Fox News. “This is something that would, hopefully, reduce that risk a little bit, and give us another tool that we are able to take people in custody and to prevent injury to both them and our staff.”
David Norris, Coiling Technologies, chief executive officer, told Fox News, law enforcement agencies across the country have been experimenting with the BolaWrap as they search for safer alternatives, and to take suspects into custody.
“When we first started the company, and that the law enforcement would be watching and would say,” that’s interesting, the kind of Batman-like,” mrs. Norris said. “From that moment on, we started to actually show the product and people have started to realize, ‘Wow, this is the real thing.'”
The BolaWrap it is the only non-pain complaints tool that makes it possible for law enforcement to be a safer alternative when it comes to the identification of the suspects, according to the Wrap Technology.
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Norris insists that the technology could be an alternative to other, less-than-lethal technologies such as Tasers or bean bags — which can sometimes be fatal — it is safe and secure.
“I have probably packed in to 45 times in a single day,” Norris said. “There is no other tool on the market that I consider to be non-lethal.”
Bean bags and Tasers were also trumpeted as a non-lethal ‘ technology, and when they have been made available to law enforcement officials, but there have been instances, though rare, where these technologies have led to the death.
Norris, whose father, the inventor of the technology, he said, a device like this is “long overdue.”
“We’re in the 21st century, we need to have a product out there that will be able to restrain someone, especially someone who likes to be in a mental crisis and who are just in need of help,” Norris told Fox News, adding that he wants to see it “on every officer’s belt.”
While there are two fish, style of hooks used to latch onto the suspect, and the BolaWrap is a not-for-pain-capable weapon that will give law enforcement an alternative to the use of deadly force.
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“We have seen that the situations where some people want to kill themselves or harm themselves,” Walen said.
“She’s standing there with a knife. They are not charging us for it, they do not openly threaten us with a knife, but it’s just too dangerous for us to approach him. So, in that kind of situation, it is a BolaWrap can be used in order to safely take the person into custody and get them the help that they so desperately need.”
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William Terrill, a professor and the interim dean of the Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal justice is of the opinion that the BolaWrap has the potential for adoption.” However, he is concerned that it could “be viewed as a kind of cure-all, and a braking technique that can be applicable to all situations.”
David Norris, Coiling Technologies, chief executive officer, shows the BolaWrap in a shop-window dummy.
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However, he noted that “the company’s credit, they haven’t been to the market in this way.”
“They’re saying, you know, we think that it might be useful in some situations, a mental illness, commit suicide by cop and start an encounter before it escalates. I think that is what it is to possess the most merit,” Terrill added.
Tom Smith, chairman of the Apps, Technologies, and said it could be a valuable tool for the police to try to control a situation before it escalates.
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“Consider, for example, to throw the handcuffs on somebody, from a distance of at least 10 to 25 metres-it is the only tool that is available to law enforcement, that enable them to restrict a person at a distance without the use of pain compliance, as well as a Taser or pepper spray or a baton, or, in the end, with a gun. So, we’re giving them that chance to stop someone, very early on in a confrontation before it escalates.”
The BolaWrap has been shown or trained by the police departments in more than 30 states, in Smith, telling Fox News, they have been around for more than 1,200 questions.
“We have more than 100 can be implemented in the agencies — is the largest of the Los Angeles Police department [that] has just been announced that training for 1,100 officers, and the implementation of the following year, as a result,” Smith said. “And in this country we have shipped to 15 countries, with more than 90 different nations, to reach out to us.”
The devices cost about $1,000, with the individual packs run about $30 per operation. However, the Los Angeles Police department Chief Michel Moore told reporters during a media day demonstration earlier this month that it was “worth it to live in a body that can save us from appealing to higher levels of force have been, or are at an increased risk of injury to an individual.”
Walen, one of which is the police department in los Angeles has ordered a five-BolaWraps to be deployed in the field in order to see how effective they are,” he said, when it works, it’s officers, can be equipped with the new technology within the next six months.
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“There has been a push to not only our department, but I do think that the industry is not, in general, in order to try to find alternative ways to get people into custody,” Walen said.
The enforcement of the law has difficulty in consistently maintaining a positive image, if there is any question of a disputed officer-involved shooting or in-body camera video surfaces.
“And this is what we think we are going to do it, and we are the people for safe keeping… I think you’ll see that this is about law enforcement agencies nationwide, and worldwide, for that matter,” Walen said.
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And, as Terrill believes it’s a product that can be useful in certain situations, and he has said that he is encouraged to see that the police are on the lookout to test new technologies.
“I am very encouraged as law enforcement agencies are constantly on the look out for ways in which they will be able to add the technologies to make the police department more effective and more efficient,” he said.