Eastern Michigan University Police To Be Equipped With Tasers

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Starting in January, every officer in the Eastern Michigan University Police Department will be equipped with a Taser for the first time, according to the university's police chief.

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes said the department purchased 33 Tasers for use by campus officers. Heighes said the Tasers will enhance the safety of both police and students by reducing the number of violent interactions with police.

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The department will be holding two informational sessions to answer questions about the Tasers at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 352 of the EMU Student Center. All members of the university community are encouraged to attend.

Heighes said the Tasers will have cameras that record both video and audio once they’re activated, allowing for a record of the situation when the Taser was used. He said the purchase of Tasers has been on his radar for some time.

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