Grayson Co. officers attend taser training

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Police officers from around Grayson County experienced the shock of a taser first hand Tuesday morning. Officers from Tioga to Sherman participated in a taser-training class at the Grayson County College Police Academy.

The class gives officers the ability to better understand the weapon.

"I want to know its abilities and limitations, and if I’m going to use it on somebody else, I want to be able to say that I’ve had it too," Sherman police officer Rob Ballew said.

When the taster guns are shot, two barbed, straight fish-hooks fly out. The hooks stick in the body and the taser gun sends 50,000 volts of electricity through the person's body, which completely incapacitates them

Officers say the weapons allow them to better control situations without using deadly force.

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  • by Eddie Location: Acapulco on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    I just graduated from the police academy at Grayson. The Taser class from very effective and after being shot with the x26 I relized what a valuable tool for officers to gain control without the use of gun.
  • by wow Location: Denison on Dec 24, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    Being a police officer myself you have to understand the "type" of people we deal with on a daily basis. Everything from 90 year old grandma to - 12 year old murderer. Tazers are a great tool for us to use that if used correctly can save peoples lives. And yelling commands at someone does help due the fact that the tazer has different effects on everyone (none deadly). After the 5 second ride is over with - they now know what to do because commands have been "yelled at them" like you say.....
  • by Kathy Location: Sherman on Nov 22, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    I am thankful that these officers have a non-lethal option that has saved many officers lives and many more suspects lives. As for don't yell commands, it incapacitates them for such a short time, the suspect often comes up fighting again after being hit. This gives the officers a few seconds jump on a battling suspect. And so far no death post taser has been shown to be taser caused. It was other health issues or, most often, drugs being used or swallowed that caused the death. Please educate yourself on how a taser works before you throw it away as a great option for police officers. Many tased suspects would be dead at this point if it weren't for the taser.
  • by Will Location: Sherman on Nov 20, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    Cindy you must have been on the bad side of the law. I think its better for the officers to have tasers verse having to shoot and kill somebody. Its actually saving lifes . Besides if and when you need the police you want them to come running.
  • by Cindy Location: Area on Nov 20, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    Oh Boy! Barney Fife with a shock gun.
  • by Heather Location: Sherman on Nov 20, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    Sooo, after you shoot 'em,don't yell commands at them. Since it incapacitates them!!! Such as the situation with the drunk lady and russian guy in the airports, that died.
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