Daphne police set to “Bola Wrap” suspects with new device
DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) – Daphne Police are being trained in new technologies that will help hold a person down without putting them or the officer in danger.
“It gives us the option to do it ten or fifteen feet away instead of getting our hands on it and getting into a wrestling match,” says Captain Brian Gulsby of the Daphne Police Department.
This is called a Bola Wrap. The electronic device is about the size of a cellphone and uses a gas ignition, similar to what is used in cars to deploy airbags, to pull a cord with weighted hooks on each end. The Bola Wrap wraps around the legs or waist of someone who may not be following orders from an officer.
“I can think of several cases in my career personally and incidents that other officers have worked on and if we had this device, this technology, it would have been perfect where otherwise we had to intervene or use the Taser,” says Gulsby.
The department recently purchased three of the devices. They hope to get more.
“The noise and the surprise immediately defused the situation and that’s what we’re looking for,” according to Gulsby.
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