Good Cops are Prepared, How About You?

By: Majestic Help

The following information was compiled by BY JASON KOTOWSKI, Californian staff writer.

The average cop or deputy on the street use:

&bull Pepper spray - Also called OC spray (for oleoresin capsicum), used to irritate the eyes and cause pain. Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Komin said the effects of the spray usually wear off 45 minutes after exposure. If you get pepper sprayed Officer Scott Lazenby said you need fresh air and patience.

&bull Taser - An electroshock weapon that can be used from a distance of up to 25 feet by firing prongs that stick into a person, or by placing the weapon against a suspect and activating it. The weapon delivers a shock that causes pain and muscle contraction for five seconds, but after the shock is over there is no lasting effect. Police Detective Kevin P. Findley said one drawback to the Taser is that some suspects are able to pull the prongs out after they're hit. This weapon is the most recent addition to law enforcement. Every deputy is armed with a Taser and so are many, but not all, police officers.

&bull Baton - Perhaps the oldest less-lethal weapon that law enforcement uses, the baton is a short stick, typically made of wood, used to hit certain parts of the body to incapacitate a suspect. A drawback, said Komin, is that a lasting injury can result.

&bull In addition, some officers in the police department use a Pepper Ball gun. This CO2-powered gun, very similar to a paintball gun, fires small pellets that release pepper spray when they break open.

There are several important implications to this article. First, if the police are becoming aware that there are non-lethal ways of subduing attackers, there is hope for the rest of us. Secondly, there are self-defense tools available to all of us. We have choices and can get information regarding which tools are best for our needs.

It is essential in this day and age that we protect ourselves from the unexpected. If we knew when and where we might be attacked we could avoid the situation all together. since we do not know when we might be a target it is best to take precautions and stay safe.

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