Police Recruits Undergo Taser Training

Published 08/19 2014 04:30PM

Updated 08/19 2014 05:08PM

Brace yourself for the taser.

That was the order of the day at the Broome County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Training Academy on Tuesday.

Recruits from police departments from across our region are taking part. On Tuesday, they were tased and practiced handcuffing people who were.

The academy started in March and the recruits have been learning a variety of law enforcement techniques and book knowledge.

How does it feel to be tased? It's more than 1,000 volts on average, 19 pulses per second, which is like getting hit with 19 hammers all at the same time for five seconds straight. The pain is excruciating.

"It just locks you up, you can't move. It was painful," said Sean Clarke, a Binghamton Police recruit.

"It's completely de-mobilizing. Your body just can't fight against it. It's hard to fight," said Michael Hepler, a Johnson City Police recruit.

Broome County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ben Harting heads-up the academy. He said the taser is a tool that police have to protect themselves and others, and that it's good for the recruits to realize how powerful the device is.

"I personally do not enjoy deploying the taser on the recruits, however, it has a good basis behind it. When it comes to a suspect, it always runs through an officers mind I know what this feels like, is there any alternative means I can use or verbal commands or something else I can do before I have to do this," he said.

There are 36 recruits in the academy, which wraps up in October.

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