Police & Fire

Fort Kent police complete taser training

FORT KENT, Maine — Officers at Fort Kent Police Department completed training on the use of tasers on Wednesday, June 3. 

 

Tasers are devices that shoot two small darts into a person and deliver an immobilizing electrical shock. They are far less lethal than firearms. 

“Officers often work alone while responding to dangerous situations including domestic violence and drug-related crimes,” Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier said. “It’s a much less lethal weapon that can be used when the officer finds it necessary to minimize or avoid injury to his or herself or anyone else. It’s a tool to have on our belt not to inflict harm, but to prevent injuries to non-compliant arrestees.” 

The department possesses four tasers, two of which are refurbished. 

Northern Maine Medical Center donated funding to the department to purchase one of the tasers.

“We often respond to calls at the hospital and are thankful that they generously donated the funds for part of this project,” Chief Pelletier said. 

The other three department tasers were purchased with an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. 

Certified Axon Academy instructor Officer Doug Bell of the Caribou Police Department administered the training to active duty department officers.

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