A three-year plan by Streetsboro Police Chief Roy Mosley III to upgrade the department's Taser stun guns took another step forward recently when City Council approved $11,855 for the purchase of 10 Tasers.
"This is a continuation of a project we got off the ground last year," Mosley said. "My recommendation to Council last year was to use a tiered approach over three years, with last year being our first phase. My proposal is to go with phase two this year. If everything goes as planned, we'll wrap up this project with phase three in 2015."
The department purchased eight Taser stun guns in 2013, 10 in 2014 and plans to purchase 10 in 2015.
Mosley said the eight TASERS were used right away last year when they arrived. He said three officers are certified as instructors. "They worked out very well."
Council Vice President Bridget Pavlick said when she went through a Streetsboro Citizens Police Academy, she witnessed a stun gun demonstration. "They work," she said.
"With the Taser, the officer can gain control of an active resistive subject up to 21 feet," Police Lt. Darin Powers said. "This prevents the likelihood of injury to both the officer and the subject. In the 10 years that our agency has used the Taser, we have found it extremely effective at controlling a combative person without causing injury to the officer or that person."