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Paramus Police Using Tasers

Photo Courtesy: Paramus Police Department Paramus Emergency Service Unit Officer Todd Colaianni with his Taser X2.

Photo Courtesy: Paramus Police Department
Paramus Emergency Service Unit Officer Todd Colaianni with his Taser X2.

On Oct. 20, a select number of members of the Paramus Police Department began using the Taser model X2. This conducted energy devices provide the officers with an intermediate force option between mechanized force and deadly force. The devices are regulated with strict guidelines from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the state Attorney General’s Office and intended to be used when there is a threat of deadly force or serious bodily injury, without posing an imminent or immediate threat.

The Taser model X2 is equipped with video and audio recording technology which will allow a review of incidents after the Taser is used. It is hoped that these devices will provide a safer alternative to assist officers when they are dealing with violent persons and those under the influence of narcotics. The Paramus Police Department has already responded to more than 129 calls for potentially violent emotionally disturbed persons this year.

The force has trained more than 20 officers, including supervisors and members of the Emergency Service Unit, to use the Tasers, which were purchased with seized forfeiture funds at no cost to the Paramus taxpayers. Their training was provided at no cost by the Bergen County Prosecutors’ Office.

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