By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies spent much of Thursday training to become certified to carry a Taser gun.
Deputies learned how to properly use the Taser guns and participated in simulated drills to learn the feel and proper techniques under the direction of Sandy Loomis from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker emphasized Taser guns are not a threat to the public, but another tool designed to assist deputies with their day-to-day duties, Hooker said.
“This is a tool to help prevent using deadly force,” Hooker said.
Based on information gained through videos, and training, combined with experiences from other agencies, Hooker felt that the Tasers would be beneficial to the sheriff’s office.
“I think it’s something that will benefit not only our office, but the citizens of Roosevelt County,” Hooker said.
Deputies will be carrying the X26 Taser gun, that will have the capability to shoot a cartridge up to 15 feet. Once the cartridge is discharged, a current of 50,000 volts will run through the wires to the intended target. Though the current is 50,000 volts, the amount of voltage that arches across the body is 1,200 volts, said Taser instructor and RCSO deputy Scott Schumpert.
“In actuality 50,000 volts is the high peak arcing voltage,” Schumpert said.
By carrying the Taser guns, deputies have another alternative to help defuse a situation that calls for force without having to resort to deadly force, Schumpert said.
Once training is completed, 13 sworn officers in the department will be certified to carry the Taser guns.
The deputies are excited to have the opportunity to carry the Taser guns, Hooker said.
“I think it will be a good morale booster for our office,” Hooker said.