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BolaWrap: New Pain-Free Solution for Sheriff’s Department

The Ward County Sheriff’s Office in Minot, North Dakota, received funding to get the new remote restraint solution BolaWrap. Captain Jason Kraft says that, after seeing this product and talking with Morton County, they thought it would be helpful for their own department. They believe BolaWrap can help de-escalate situations. And they say there is no pain to it.

“It is focused around mental health responses or maybe someone is going through a mental health crisis and instead of using force on that person you can use the bola restraint device first,” said Kraft.

Reporter Corbin Warnock decided to see how this device works in the line of duty. After getting wrapped by the device, he did find it difficult to move.

“Other tactics, even some hand-to-hand self-defense relies on pain compliance. This device does not rely on pain compliance at all. It is basically device that is going to disrupt the thought process of the person it is being used on,” said Kraft.

BolaWrap being adopted as a pain-free solution to detain individuals by Ward County Sheriff's Office
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BolaWrap emerges as a safer alternative to traditional stun guns in police de-escalation efforts, particularly amid the ongoing mental health crisis in the United States.

Developed as a non-lethal method to restrain individuals, BolaWrap utilizes a seven-foot-long Kevlar line to wrap around subjects, providing a shock-and-awe effect without causing additional pain.

Former Police Chief Terry Nichols highlights its effectiveness and safety compared to other devices, with an 86% success rate reported by officers. The Detroit Police Department's crisis intervention team has adopted BolaWrap, recognizing its value in situations where traditional methods may escalate tensions. Nichols advocates for its widespread adoption among law enforcement to enhance safety during crisis interventions.

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