Oklahoma police department gets new technology aimed at minimizing risk – KOCO Oklahoma City

The device, called the BolaWrap, costs about the same as a stun gun, and Wellston police said it’s been extremely effective when working with people dealing with mental health crises.
The device, called the BolaWrap, costs about the same as a stun gun, and Wellston police said it’s been extremely effective when working with people dealing with mental health crises.
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The device, called the BolaWrap, costs about the same as a stun gun, and Wellston police said it’s been extremely effective when working with people dealing with mental health crises.
The Wellston Police Department has a new device that it says minimizes risk when responding to calls.
The device, called the BolaWrap, costs about the same as a stun gun, and Wellston police said it’s been extremely effective when working with people dealing with mental health crises.
The BolaWrap consists of a remote-shaped firing device and cartridge that contains a Kevlar rope. The rope can then be used to restrain someone not cooperating with police.
“It’s eight feet long. And once it makes contact with the person, it wraps around them,” Wellston police Capt. Todd Beesley said, “and once it makes contact, it has hooks that will hook into their clothes.”
The BolaWrap might sound like a gun when fired, but the worst it can do is scratch or puncture skin with the hooks attached to the rope.
Wellston police, which is the first department in the state to have the BolaWrap, have already used the device twice. In both cases, individuals were dealing with mental health events.
“We can deploy this and restain them for just a few seconds. It gives us a chance to get hands on them and get them in handcuffs before it escalates into a combative situation,” Beesley said.
Police said that’s what the BolaWrap enabled them to do in both situations.
The Wellston Police Department has four BolaWrap devices. Each cost around $1,000.
All officers actively on patrol are equipped with one, and the department is looking to buy more.
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