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KPD Donations Enough for Purchase of Tasers
March 14, 2007 - Through donations collected over the past couple of months, the Knightstown Police Department has raised enough money to cover the purchase of five TASER electronic control devices for its officers.
The TASER ® X26 is a nonlethal device that allows officers to deliver 50,000 volts of electricity to uncooperative and uncontrollable persons. The TASER's five-second jolt temporarily overrides the target's nervous system, causing loss of muscular control.
Knightstown Chief of Police Earl Patterson, the KPD's other three full-time officers and a dispatcher who has since joined the KPD's reserve unit received TASER training earlier this year in New Castle. As part of their training, Patterson and the others got to feel the TASER's effects first hand when they received brief jolts lasting about one second. (Video of Patterson and two other officers undergoing this part of their training can be viewed online at www.thebanneronline.com. - Ed.)
According to Patterson, the KPD has received donations from both local and nonlocal sources. He said one local person who has asked to remain anonymous pledged $1,000 toward purchase of the TASERs, while another $1,000 came from a former elected official in Marion County and his mother, who each gave $500. Patterson told The Banner that the total cost for five TASER X26 units is just a little under $4,000. He said the donations pledged so far will cover this cost, but added that the department would also like to buy a $389 unit that attaches to the X26 and records video when the device is being used.
Persons interested in making donations to the department for the purchase of this or any other equipment should contact Patterson at 345-2785.
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