MOUNT VERNON — Taser weaponry is available for the first time to enforcement personnel throughout the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to financial support from area businesses. Personnel gathered Friday for a hands-on training session conducted by Capt. Jay Sheffer, and for three of the participants it was an up-close and very personal experience.
Detective Craig Feeney and Deputies Dennis Phillips and Jason Stachler all volunteered to “take a ride,” and were Tased by Sheffer using a new X26P Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW) manufactured by Taser International. Sheffer said he recommends that personnel experience CEW “exposure” so they will know firsthand what to expect in the field and be able to testify more authoritatively in court. While the volunteers were glad to have had the experience, none was interested in seconds.
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