The class, taught by taser instructors Kenny Booth and Sumiton Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr, was held at the Dora Civic Center. Officers are required to recertify on the tasers each year in order to carry the device.
Dora Police Chief John Duchock explained that the taser is safer for officers because it doesn’t require the close proximity that a baton or spray does. It also doesn’t leave the suspect to deal with the lasting consequences of those measures, that can include broken bones prolonged suffering.
“The use of tasers dramatically reduces officer and suspect injury with correct usage,” Dora Police Chief John Duchock said. “Tasers are based on pain compliance. When the suspect complies with the officer, the pain ends, unlike chemical sprays, where discomfort lasts up to 45 minutes whether the suspect complies or not.”
The training included tips on using the device effectively and efficiently, as well as when it is appropriate to use the taser and the proper steps to use it in the safest possible ways to employ the taser in the field.
Dora officers, dispatchers and reserve officers received certification or recertification from the class and subsequent test.
“Extensive training, along with raising employment standards, remains a high priority with Dora Police,” Duchock said.