LANCASTER – Last October, Waste Management of Southern California donated $50,000 to the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters to be used to purchase less lethal weapons for the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations.
Wednesday afternoon, authorities unveiled their new purchase – 50 state-of-the-art Tasers.
“The great thing about these tools is that they should result in a lower occasion of significant force and a lower occasion of injury for both the suspects and deputies as a result of what these devices can do,” said Captain Pat Nelson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “We’re really looking forward to getting them deployed so that anyone at our station who wants to begin his shift with a Taser can do so.”
Forty of the new Tasers will be distributed at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and 10 of the Tasers will go to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, Nelson said.
“These tools are very vital for the deputies in the field,” said Captain Don Ford of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. “They reduce injury, they reduce uses of deadly force.”
The new Tasers are smaller and lighter, and they feature a laser sighting system and other improvements that will give deputies more accuracy and convenience in high risk situations.
Additionally, the new Tasers can record each usage, so when someone makes a claim about how many times a Taser was fired, the department can actually verify it, Ford said.
“It’s very important that, because we ask a lot of our officers, we give them all the tools that’s necessary for them to carry out their jobs and protect the citizens,” said AV Sheriff’s Boosters President Marvin Crist.