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Taser Pr Golden Co Officers to Carry 2003

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City of Golden

911 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
Telephone 303-384-8045, Facsimile 303-384-8036

POLICE DEPARTMENT
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2003
Contact:

Julie Brooks
Public Information Officer
911 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
303-384-8051
303-206-4222 (pager)
jbrooks@ci.golden.co.us

Golden Police to Carry TASERs
GOLDEN, Colo. – Citizens and visitors of Golden may see a new device on the duty belts of local
police. The large yellow devices are a new, less-lethal tool in the Golden Police Department’s
commitment to protect the citizens of Golden. On Monday, August 25, 2003, officers trained in its
use will begin carrying the M26 TASER. The police department currently has ten TASERs; enough
to have several available every shift. Although officers will always rely on lethal force if that
becomes necessary, each less-lethal tool added to the technology already in use by the police
department makes the risk of having to use lethal force that much lower. The Golden Police
Department has deployed other forms of less-lethal force in the past. This type of force can be
especially helpful when dealing with suicidal people. The M26 is designed to transmit electrical
impulses that temporarily disrupt the body’s central nervous system, causing electro–muscular
disruption.
All officers with the Golden Police Department will be trained to use the M26 TASER by the
middle of September.

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