April 4, 2007
Albany -- Some Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputies will now be armed with a new non-lethal weapon. It's an electronic immobilization device, called a Stinger, similar to a taser gun.
Wednesday, some of the officers who will use the weapons got a taste of what it feels like to have an electric charge sent through their bodies.
Marvin Taylor, a transport officer for the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says after experiencing the stinger, he's happier now more than ever that he chose a life on the right side of the law. "I wouldn't want to do it again. I wouldn't wish it on nobody."
Though the reactions of the officers being shocked may look funny, this is serious business.
"Knowing what the S-200 would do to a subject, they need to know that, that way they'll know when they really need to use the item," Sgt. Dean Gore says.
These officers sometimes transport inmates, suspects, even patients with behavioral problems and could use the non-lethal weapon to regain control of the person and keep themselves safe.
"I like it. I think it's going to prevent officers from being injured because you're not going to have such close quarters with them if you have an upset inmate," Officer Teresa Goree says.
Or a high profile or violent defender in the courtroom. A new electronic immobilization device is called the Bandit. It can be strapped to a defendant's leg so the jury won't see it, but he'll know it's there. "The individual might want to get up and retaliate," said Taylor.
But it won't be long before he gets just the jolt needed to put him down. "It will put him down quick, very quick."
Actually, Sgt. Dean Gore says just one look is enough for some. "Once they see it, just the appearance of the weapon, usually stops them."
Each Stinger EID, or electronic immobilization device costs around $700. The Bandit is about $900, but trainers say the money spent is well worth saving lives and reducing officer injury.