Less-Lethal Update: Cutting Edge Technology
More and more police agencies are looking into and adopting the latest in less-lethal technology so as to save lives and deal with challenging events. These include the Taser, a conducted energy weapon that stops suspects without causing permanent damage and is proving very popular with law enforcement. For tactical operations, Taser offers systems that can be attached to weapons equipped with the rail interface system.
PepperBall Technologies’ ImpactPlus combines impact energy and pepper to overcome suspect resistance, and can be loaded into the common 12-gauge shotgun. Its rounds produce almost twice the energy of a standard PepperBall round, but do not replace 12-gauge beanbags, which have their own niche.
The RM Manufacturing M203PI combines lethal and less-lethal projectile launcher ability in rifled 40mm form; it is both sturdy and accurate.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Police and Security News (06/04) Vol. 20, No. 3, P. 42; Ijames, Steve.