Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
June 28, 2007
Valdosta - In the past law enforcers typically had only one option when arresting an unruly suspect.
A gun. And deploying it could be lethal. "If I fire this at someone the potential of someone receiving serious injuries or death is extremely high," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.
Now police have more alternatives through an array of non-lethal weapons including tasers, pepper spray, and rubber bullets.
They're allowing police more alternatives when making an arrest. "The idea with these devices is to allow us to restrain a violent or aggressive offender or someone who's resisting arrest without resorting to this," Childress adds.
And they're saving lives all over the country. Police say using non lethal weapons like the taser will help reduce injuries for both the officer and offenders. "There have been occasions where I pull the baton out when someone's resisting arrest. Just by seeing you pull that out, they surrender."
Valdosta Mayor John Fretti is at the forefront of putting these weapons on the belts of the city police. "If it saves one life its worth it. And if it saves one less struggle with a suspect, it's worth it," Mayor Fretti says. "I believe in protecting the police. I believe in protecting the suspect and if less lethal devices now through proven efforts from the National Chiefs of Police do that, then I'm all in."
He helped the department purchase many of these and they are now waiting for the arrival of some new tasers.
They hope they'll help the officers in their goal to keep Valdosta streets safe.