Native legislation enforcement officers try a brand new distant restraint software that doesn't depend on ache compliance – St George Information
CEDAR CITY – Local law enforcement officers saw a hands-on demonstration of a potentially useful remote restraint tool Thursday morning.
Local law enforcement officers participate in a remote restraint device called BolaWrap demonstration, Cedar City, Utah, September 10, 2020 Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
Don De Lucca, chief strategy officer of Wrap Technologies Inc., said the BolaWrap device "fills a void in the tools we have because it doesn't rely on pain compliance."
"Everyone sees what we do, everything is recorded. And what worked a year ago, five years ago, is no longer an answer," added De Lucca, a former police chief with more than three decades of law enforcement experience.
About two dozen police officers, along with some media representatives, attended the company's hour-long demonstration at the Iron County Sheriff's headquarters in Cedar City.
De Lucca noted that the device can also be used in situations where a crime has not necessarily been committed, but a subject may still need to be securely detained.
“When someone calls into the house and says, 'Hey, take care of my son. He has a mental health problem. He's out of control. "You know our response has to be measured," said De Lucca. "So, here's a device that can help you wrap someone up safely from 10 to 25 feet away."
"I'm not saying this is a tool for everything," he added. "This is another option, but this is probably the only option that you can really take advantage of early enough without a criminal predicate to keep someone safe."
The handheld device is deployed by holding it at waist height as shown in the video above. The device also has a laser pointer that can be turned on to show where to aim. When fired, the device shoots out an 8 foot long barbed Kevlar cord at either end at a rate of 640 feet per second.
Instructor Jennifer Rhoads shows Enoch City Police Chief Jackson Ames and Cedar City Police Chief Darin Adams how to aim and fire a BolaWrap device. Cedar City, Utah, September 10, 2020 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
The tether, which is rated at 220 pounds, is designed to wrap around the subject's legs to prevent them from running away, or around their torso so they cannot use their arms freely.
"You can't break out," said De Lucca. "Once it's wrapped up, you can't break the string."
Since its inception a few years ago, BolaWrap is now used by 215 agencies in 45 states. De Lucca said the company's largest customer to date is the Los Angeles Police Department, which now has more than 1,100 officers equipped and trained to use the device.
Iron County Sheriff Ken Carpenter said his agency had received two of the devices to be used on a trial basis and the company would train two MPs on how to use them.
In addition to several deputies from the Iron County Sheriff and at least one official from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Darin Adams, Chief of Police of Cedar City, and Jackson Ames, Chief of Police of Enoch, took turns as targets or as one in turn were deploying the device.
Instructor Jennifer Rhoads, also a veteran of the police force, showed several participants how to aim and fire the device and how to replace each spent cartridge with a new one.
The BolaWrap devices cost around $ 900 each plus $ 30 for each cartridge used.
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Jeff Richards, a Salt Lake City native with family roots in Panguitch, lived in Moab for 20 years before joining St. George News in 2017. Jeff is a longtime journalist and teacher in a secondary school. He and his wife Penny are parents to five daughters. They also have two young grandchildren. Jeff and his family enjoy swimming, camping, sightseeing, reading, and photography.