Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office reveals new device for safer arrests

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – It’s called the bolawrap 100.

The handheld remote restraint device discharges an eight-foot bola-style rope and shoots 640 feet per second.

Compared to tools like tasers and guns, the sheriff says this offers a safer way to capture suspects without causing harm.

Evansville Police Department Sergeant Steve Kleeman, was one of the volunteers to be shot with the device.

He admits he had some concerns.

“I was actually concerned you know the pain and stuff like that. After getting hit with it there’s very little pain. The bar actually stuck into my right calf. Came out very easy. There’s no lasting effects to it,” says Kleeman.

Richard Ross, a consultant with wrap technologies and a former police commissioner of Philadelphia says the goal of the bolawrap is simple.

“Reducing harm which is what it’s about and the sanctity of life. That’s what we’re here for. Were not here to take lives.Were here to preserve life. And so all these things are critical in our efforts to make things safer for all concerned,” says Ross.

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(This story was originally published on March 4, 2020)

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