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The Good Guys Get New Gadgets

Wrap Technologies, an Arizona-based public safety and services tech company, has created a less-lethal weapon to combat people having temporary lapses in mental clarity, drunkards with beer muscles, or any person who is by definition, being a rascal, and doesn’t deserve bullets, pepper spray, or getting tazed bro.

BolaWrap is a hand-held, cartridge-fed device that deploys a 7.5-foot Kevlar cord that jangles perps legs or arms so they can be pushed over with a light breeze, tumbling to their ultimate surrender, with little to no amped-up physical activity from the officers or suspects.

So, how does it work? The device, which looks like a Dewalt laser leveler from Lowe’s, actually has an integrated laser sight to target suspects accurately. After the officer is locked on, they press the button, and an explosive charge rockets the cord from 10-25 feet away. On the ends of the cord are metal anchors that will attach to the suspect’s clothes.

The sound of the discharge is alarming, so that may give suspects pause. From the videos we watched of real-life apprehensions using BolaWrap, suspects seemed to wonder WTF just happened to them, and how in the last .3 seconds did they get wrapped up like a Christmas ham? It’s quite fun to watch and listen to.

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New hope for police de-escalation: BolaWrap offers safer alternative to stun guns

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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