Officers Successfully Deploy BolaWrap® to Safely Take Into Protective Custody Someone Experiencing an Apparent Behavioral Health Crisis in Columbia, Missouri
TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wrap Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: WRAP) (“Wrap” or the “Company”), a global leader in innovative public safety technologies and services, has shared new agency body-worn camera footage provided by the Columbia Missouri Police Department. This footage demonstrates how the deployment of the BolaWrap® Remote Restraint device helps officers take an individual safely into protective custody without causing pain or harm to the individual or the officers.
Shortly after officers of the Columbia Police Department in Missouri responded to a call about a trespass suspect at a local convenience store, the individual was reported as attempting to enter several homes in the surrounding neighborhood. When the officers arrived in the neighborhood, they found the individual to be experiencing a possible behavioral health crisis. After multiple attempts to talk with the individual and have him come peacefully with the officer to the hospital, the initial responding officer made the decision to deploy a BolaWrap® on the individual’s legs. His demeanor immediately changed after being restrained with the BolaWrap®, and he said, "Okay," as the officers safely took him into custody without causing the individual or the officers any pain or harm.
The body camera footage of the event can be viewed at https://bit.ly/BolaWrapColumbiaMO_PR.
Brian Richenberger, Assistant Chief of Police for the Columbia Missouri Police Department said, “The BolaWrap® performed exactly as expected. It allowed our officers to control the situation without causing pain or harm to this individual. As part of our agency’s protocols, we use the BolaWrap® in situations where pain-inducing methods of restraint, such as pepper spray, baton, or a Taser® are not appropriate or effective.”
TJ Kennedy, CEO of Wrap, added, “These officers were calm and professional in a situation that could have escalated to a high-level use of force with injuries to the subject and officers. Their swift actions and deployment of BolaWrap® were exemplary. We are proud to provide innovative and safe solutions that save lives and save careers.”
Wrap Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: WRAP) is a global public safety technology and services company that delivers policing solutions to law enforcement and security personnel worldwide. Wrap is leading the movement for safer policing by equipping officers with non-pain compliance tools and necessary immersive training for the modern world. The Company's solutions, products, and services include the BolaWrap® Remote Restraint Device and Wrap Reality™.
Wrap’s BolaWrap® Remote Restraint device is a patented, hand-held pre-escalation and apprehension tool that discharges a Kevlar® tether to temporarily restrain uncooperative suspects and persons in crisis from a distance. Through its many field uses and growing adoption by agencies across the globe, BolaWrap® is proving to be an effective tool to help law enforcement safely detain individuals without pain, injury, or the need to use higher levels of force.
Wrap Reality™, the Company’s virtual reality training system, is a fully immersive training simulator and comprehensive public safety training platform providing first responders with the discipline and practice in methods of de-escalation, conflict resolution, and use-of-force to better perform in the field. Through its growing availability of real life scenarios, Wrap Reality™ covers all facets of law enforcement training from verbal commands to tactical use-of-force.
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