The Ocean City Police Department will be getting 10 new Tasers this fall, after OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino presented City Council with data showing that the devices have been effective with just their presence, let alone their actual use.
In February, the OCPD purchased 15 devices and had an additional one
donated to the department by a local business. All 16 equipped officers,
as well as several alternate users, were given 30 hours of training on
the device. The X2 is essentially a ‘double-barreled’ Taser device,
capable of firing two sets of barbs without reloading. The barbs,
trailed by thin wires, stick to the target’s skin so that the officer
can deliver a shock from some distance.
However, according to the data that DiPino submitted to the council,
more results have come from simply displaying the Taser as a means of
warning, rather than have come from actually firing the weapon. Since
February, the department has recorded 19 instances in which officers
have intentionally removed their Tasers from their holsters and
displayed the devices as a means of gaining submission from