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The Palm Bay (Fla.) Police Department will become the first law enforcement agency in the country to begin using the Dazer Laser Guardian ocular distraction device as a less-lethal weapon, according to the device's manufacturer.
Laser Energetics Inc. announced it has sold several Dazer Laser Guardians to the agency.
"This purchase provides another opportunity for the Palm Bay Police Department to utilize cutting edge technology," according to Chief Bill Berger, a past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). "It would also be accurate to say PBPD was one of the first in the nation to equip every one of its officers with non-lethal weapons, specifically the TASER."
In addition to the purchase, the Palm Bay PD will work jointly with Laser Energetics Inc. to testing the Dazer Laser and implement best practices for use and tactical strategies in various disciplines.
Deputy Chief Doug Muldoon, who is also vice president of the FBI National Academy Associates, will oversee the implementation of the Dazer Laser into patrol operations.
"High technology products such as the Dazer Laser greatly enhance our crime fighting abilities," according to Lee Feldman, city manager of Palm Bay. "Testing this latest new technology is testament to our innovative police department."
The Palm Bay Police Department recently achieved national status as leaders through Search Operations Aerial Response (SOAR), a program funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and it's Law Enforcement Aviation Technology Program.
International recognition has earned the Palm Bay Police Department the prestigious "August Vollmer Award" for Excellence in Forensic Science by a Law Enforcement Agency.
"We are excited about working with a prominent, cutting edge law enforcement agency such as Palm Bay," according to Robert D. Battis, founder, president, and CEO of Laser Energetics. "I am happy to report we have several other municipalities currently in negotiations to utilize the Dazer Laser light fighting technology green-beam ocular distractors."
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