The Mason City Council will consider a request from the MCPD to replace four tasers. The MCPD has been using tasers as a “part of a less-lethal response to combative/resistant persons and as a means of minimizing risk of injury to the subjects and officers.”
There is $3,900 budgeted for the tasers, and a quote of $4,085 was received by the City from Ed Roehr Safety Products. The tasers will be fully replaced over the course of four years.
(PHOTO: A picture of the tasers the MCPD will be buying from Ed Roehr Safety Products.)
According to Mason City Police Chief Michael Lashbrook, the MCPD has “used tasers for about 5 years. They have proven their worth.”
Lashbrook (pictured, below) says the tasers are an effective crime fighting tool for several reasons.
He says tasers “reduce the need to physically restrain a subject.” Training of officers teach them that tasers are a “good alternative to not have to physically engage someone that refuses to comply. Our officers are trained to consider using taser.
Many times, “the presence of a taser is enough to get subject to comply. It shows officers are using restraint.”
Lashbrook also says that a report must be filed each time a taser is activated even if it is not deployed.
One drawback to a taser is that it “can’t be used up close effectively.”
Lashbrook says that a “taser is not a substitute for a gun, in a deadly situation” and that officers are trained to use a gun if needed.