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The Key West Police Department is adding a new tool to help ensure officer safety, and that of those they encounter. Over the next two weeks officers will undergo TASER training, and then begin carrying these effective non-lethal devices.

Key West City Commissioners recently, voted unanimously to arm the officers with these weapons, citing an incident on Stock Island where a sword-wielding man came after two Sheriff’s Deputies. Now that the units have been purchased and training begins, the department wants to provide citizens an opportunity to ask questions.

On Monday, July 13, the Key West Police Department will conduct a public forum regarding the new TASERs. The forum will begin at 2 pm at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort.

TASERs have been in use by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for over three years now, and most people in the community understand that these electronic devices provide a safe means of ending a potentially dangerous encounter. TASERs allow a subject to be temporarily incapacitated while a situation is defused. TASERs have been shown to dramatically reduce injury rates for police officers and for suspects.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this free public forum to better understand the realities of this non-lethal device.

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