Kentucky State Police are spending 170,000 dollars so more of their troopers can have taser guns. The taser guns will help state police protect their lives so they can protect others.
Mike Goble with KSP says, “I've got almost 22 years on with the state police and there has been occasions in career that if I had this instrument then I would have not been injured.”
KSP says it's a non lethal device.
“It's a good investment for a number of different reasons not in the least of which is officer safety. It gives us an extra tool we can deal with resistive subjects without permanent disability, injury or death,” says Lieutenant Sean Welch.
It’s an extra tool, police say, that shoots 50,000 volts of low current. KSP will be able to keep track of the guns and how often they are shot. Kentucky State Police says every taser gun that's issued will have a memory card in it.
When someone is hit with a taser it goes straight for the muscles so you can't and won't move and all you want is the pain to stop.
Mike Goble gave WYMT a demonstration what of it’s like to get hit with a taser. “The feeling that you are able to feel is like waves, pulsating waves of electricity as it travels through,” says Mike Goble.
Police say, it’s a tool that will stop you in your tracks for 5 seconds so police can get control.
Mike Goble says, “Again if your 21 feet away and they have a 5 second burst going at them, it automatically shuts off after 5 seconds, then you can have that person subdued and hand-cuffed in that period of time.”