Butler County Sheriff's Department Considering Tasers

The Butler County Sheriff's Department only has two full-time deputies and the sheriff, so many times they have to travel alone.

Sheriff Kenneth Morris says: "We're not big enough to have back-up, a lot of times back-up is 30 minutes away, it means a lot of times an officer has to get up and out of bed to assist and that could mean the difference between life and death."

Sheriff Morris says even when the calls seem simple, the officers never know what they're getting into. He says "It seems like about every week for the last few months there's a situation where it's domestic or some type of altercation where weapons are involved."

Now with the high prevalence of meth in our area, Sheriff Morris says that puts officers in even more danger: "Somebody that's high on meth, they don't feel pain and pepper spray doesn't affect them."

With the world of law enforcement changing, Sheriff Morris has decided to change the way his officers handle situations.

He's considering getting tasers, so his deputies are more protected in the field. Morris says a taser doesn't have any long-term effects: "It dismobilizes someone, it just puts you down for a matter of minutes, long enough to get you cuffed."

While tasers provide the officers with more security Sheriff Morris says it's also safer for the suspect: "It's not only safer for the officers, but it might save us from having to shoot someone and save some person's life."

Sheriff Morris says he thinks his deputies will get the tasers in the next couple of months. He adds his deputies will be trained to use discretion.


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