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Metro Police (LMPD) Newsroom

LMPD to Offer Taser Demonstration

Wednesday November 10, 2004

Contact: Helene Kramer
Director of Media & Public Relations
574-7762 (Office)
817-0687 (Cell)

                                            LMPD to Offer Taser Demonstration

(November 10, 2004) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department held a public presentation on the Taser, an additional non-lethal force option that officers will have beginning early next year.

"It is critically important to have a discussion and detailed briefing on this new tool with members of the community before a single Taser hits the streets of Louisville," says Bob Stewart, LMPD's Director of Training. The presenters were Lt. Kevin DeSpain with the Training Unit and Sgt. Pete McCartney with the Public Integrity Unit. Chief Robert White was on hand as well to talk about his rationale for adding the Taser.

Those who attended the demonstration include members of LMPD's Advisory Councils made up of citizens who meet regularly with each division major, the LMPD Clergy Resource Team made up of religious leaders throughout the community and members of the Citizens Police Academy who take a 12-week intensive course on how the department works.

The Taser is a state-of-the-art non-lethal weapon that uses a laser beam for aim, and shoots 50,000 volts of electricity to subdue the suspect.  The cost to outfit all LMPD officers with a Taser is about $1 million. Officer training is still in progress. Crisis Intervention Team officers who specialize in dealing with the mentally ill will begin carrying the Taser on December 1, 2004. The remainder of the officers will begin carrying the Taser in early 2005.