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Arvinator
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USA
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Posted - May 04 2021 :  07:38:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it a trend or just something I have noticed? new and younger officers going away from OC Spray and just having a Taser and maybe a ASP baton. I'm still fond of the straight baton, but not on the streets these days myself.

I heard from several officers that they hated the OC and the possible exposure so they don't carry it. I think they are failing to carry a pretty handy less lethal tool.

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Chris Christian
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USA
3824 Posts

Posted - May 04 2021 :  12:07:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think one reason for their reluctance is that you spray the perp... then you put hands on to cuff or restrain him... then you get that stuff on you... then you have to deal with that as well as the perp. BTDT.

Chris Christian
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WR Moore
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USA
1055 Posts

Posted - May 04 2021 :  5:02:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The other thing with all the sprays is you rarely get to shuffle around until you'e sure you're upwind of the perp. I also discovered that on a still day, the stuff can have impressive hang time in the air.

A collapsible baton that will lock in the extended position (allows spearing) is much handier than the full length all the time unit.

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Ace
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Posted - May 05 2021 :  12:16:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Said it before, still true: Pepper spray is one of the reasons to have rookies and reserves--hose the guy down, then 'Hey Rook, take this guy to jail, and I'll follow to do the paperwork.'

Bomb threats, too--'Hey rook, go kick that box and see if it explodes.' Ace

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