YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Police Department recently received five new Taser X-2 guns with the help of state Sen. Terrence Murphy, who secured a $10,500 grant to fund the purchase.
The Tasers, which are also equipped with both video and audio, will help officers diffuse potentially dangerous confrontations, said Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace.
"The members of our Police Department put their lives on the line every day to keep our families and community safe," said Murphy. "The new Taser guns will reduce the risk of an officer having to go one-on-one with someone and will help prevent people from committing a crime."
The Taser X-2 features a nitrogen gas propulsion system that fires two darts from an average distance of 15 feet. The recipient feels a series of shocks, which causes an interruption of the recipient's neuromuscular messages and causes muscle contractions. The shocks leave the recipient dazed and unable to resist the necessary actions of the deploying officer.
"We're fortunate to live in a beautiful area, but like other towns our community is not immune to crime," added Grace. "It's important to have a police department that's invested in the community."
Police Chief Daniel McMahon said the five additional state-of-the-art Tasers will help protect officers as well as the public. "I want to thank Sen. Murphy for making the grant possible," said McMahon. "They will make it easier for our officers to restrain dangerous suspects."
Councilman Thomas Diana, a former Yorktown police officer, knows the Taser X-2 can be a valuable law enforcement tool.
"A Taser can keep a suspect at bay and help an officer get control of a situation. I only wish they were available when I was on the force," he said.
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