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DCP will have Tasers

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Police officers will soon be equipped with Tasers.

The Chief says he feels confident the Tasers are proven to be a safe, less than lethal tool for Officer's protection.   Dougherty County Police bought 11 of the new Tasers, which are smaller and more portable than some older units.

They are equipped with a video and audio system that records when the Taser is switched on.

Dougherty County Police cover a 335 square mile area, and Chief Don Cheek says his Officers can use the Tasers for their safety without injury.  

"The last thing we want to do is have one of our officers injured. Have a citizen injured. Or have even a suspect or a defendant injured. We don't want people hurt, period."  

Dougherty County Police Policy for Taser use is being drawn up now, and then the Officers will undergo training.

Chief Cheek says Officers should begin carrying them on duty in about one month.


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