Stealth Fighter: Flashlight Includes Pepper Spray
In addition to being a long-lasting and rugged flashlight, the TigerLight contains oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray in the back-end of the tube. This feature lets officers react to dangers in a less-lethal fashion immediately, and the latest version lets users adjust the spray nozzle as needed.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently tested the device, distributing TigerLights to selected patrol deputies. After the tool was used in 52 incidents for 146 subjects, the TigerLight was shown to result in a 25 percent decline in significant force and a 43 percent drop in excessive force complaints.
The TigerLight can be secured to an officer’s duty belt as well as on top of firearms by using a special clip system available from TigerLight.
When confronting violent suspects, the TigerLight can be a powerful deterrent because of its intense light–375 lumens–and extremely effective OC spray. An officer simply shifts the TigerLight down and turns his wrist to release the spray; just one hand is needed.
Instructors with TigerLight are available to provide an eight-hour course based on different scenarios. It is also essential to teach officers about using a spray to alleviate suspects’ discomfort after they are subdued.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from Police (04/07); Vol. 31, No. 4, P. 32; Stradley, Mike.