Officials: State police get Taser ECDs

New York State Police brass announced late last week that troopers will now be equipped with tasers.

Officials announced on Friday that troopers will be supplied with new, less-lethal safety tools for confronting violent individuals.

"State Police recently completed training in the use of Taser ECDs (Electronic Control Devices), and today troopers will begin a pilot program with some troopers carrying ECDs during each shift," officials said in a news release.

Last July, the New York State Trooper Foundation donated 142 Taser model X-26 ECD units to state police. Under a new pilot program, several troopers in each patrol area throughout the state will be set up with the new tasers, including Troop B in Ray Brook.

The units equipped with tasers will be available to assist other troopers in the event of a violent or escalating confrontation.

Law enforcement experts say the use of tasers is one of the best ways to confront violent offenders without using deadly force.

Officials say that law enforcement agencies deploying the use of tasers have seen a dramatic decrease in suspect and officer injuries.

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