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BSO, others view new remote handcuff technology

More than a dozen law enforcement officers experienced handcuffing done remotely, so-to-speak, during a demonstration Wednesday morning at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy. Representatives from BolaWrap showed officers from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, LSUHSC, and Bienville Sheriff’s Office how the device operates and allowed the officers to deploy the device and have the device deployed on them.

Richard Ross, lead consultant of Wrap Technologies and former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, joined Toby Delahoussaye, director of training for the Lafayette Police Department, and Rafe Jordan, vice president of Teeco Safety, Inc., to head the demonstration.

“We were demonstrating another device that can be used by line officers basically to minimize harm to both the police officer, sheriff’s deputy and to limit liability,” said Ross. “It’s a remote handcuffing device aimed at minimizing harm.”

The device is basically “remote handcuffs” and enables law enforcement officers an opportunity to restrain a resisting person from a distance without resorting to lethal force.

“At first I was skeptical,” said Sgt. Jeremy Haas, instructor with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy. “I thought it was a gimmick, but after seeing it, it’s pretty interesting concept in that you can restrain someone remotely, and it doesn’t cause near the type of damage or injury that I thought it would.”

The BolaWrap is a handheld remote device mote restraint device that discharges an 8-foot bola style Kevlar® tether at 513 feet per second to wrap a subject’s legs or arms at an effective range of 10-25 feet.

Each tether has a 4-pronged hook on either end. The tether and its hooks are contained in a cartridge, and each cartridge contains and is powered by a partial charge .380 blank.

“You have a responsibility as a law enforcement executive to protect your law enforcement officer, but also to protect the public – sanctity of life,” said Ross. “Many instances we believe this device will be used on those in a mental health crisis. You want to make sure that you end the circumstances safely and peacefully as you can for everyone involved.”

Preventing injuring, reducing liability and keeping the officer and public safe are key.

“Obviously, you don’t want to use force anytime that you get involved in a situation, but there are times when we’re going to have to,” emphasized Sgt. Haas. “Something like this helps me restrain somebody a little bit quicker. When I can restrain them, it’s a whole lot easier to gain control of them, and you then have to use a lot less force to control that person.”

The hands-on demonstration really allowed the officers a good feel on how the BolaWrap works.

“It was a neat demonstration to see how it works on live subjects,” said Sgt. Haas. “We were able to stand here and shoot each other, and there wasn’t anybody that was talking about ‘hey, that hurt’ or that there was an injury. So it is really neat in that regard that it appears to be a fairly safe device to use compared to some of the other tools that we are having to use sometimes.”

And that’s exactly the reason Ross and his team conduct these demonstration to law enforcement agencies around the nation, many who have already begun to utilize the device.

“Seeing is believing…that’s the bottom line,” said Ross.

Find out more at https://wraptechnologies.com/

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