The Holyoke Police Department has added several Tasers to their arsenal as a way to combat crime with non-lethal force.
According to Holyoke Police Lt. Matthew Moriarty, the department recently acquired several Tasers. Holyoke police say training for officers is set to begin shortly. After training is complete, the Taser devices will be placed into daily service.
Tasers use conducted jolts of electric current to induce skeletal muscle contractions that are capable of immobilizing suspects.
Studies have found that Taser devices reduce the need to use deadly force by officers, in addition to reducing officer and suspect injuries and litigation costs stemming from injuries.
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