Riley County Police Demonstrate New Taser Platform

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - New TASER technology was on display Thursday afternoon at the Riley County Police Department.

Members of area news agencies were invited to be part of an educational experience involving the new TASER X2 platform used by local law enforcement.

Police officers have been using TASER technology for several years and as a result have seen a decrease in the officer and suspect risk of injury.

"It gives us additional force options and it’s able to quickly control people that we probably weren’t able to control as fast as we have before," said Training Coordinator Greg Steere. "It helps us avoid prolonged encounters with highly resistant subjects and it allows us to get them under control faster and ultimately is safer for us and safer for the suspects."

The new X2 platform provides improved power and current metering to accurately deliver the precise amount of current to maximize both safety and effectiveness.

Officials say five seconds of exposure provides an adequate opportunity to control and apprehend a suspect.