Taser International report reveals MNPD purchase of 400 new units

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 5:04pm

Taser International, the makers of electroshock weaponry, announced Wednesday a $4 million jump in sales from last year, citing law enforcement purchases — including from Metro Nashville — as a source of the increase.

The company announced $32.3 million in net sales for its second quarter of 2013, up from $28.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.

The Metro Nashville Police Department purchased 400 units during this year’s second quarter period to outfit each patrol officer, flex team (which patrol specific crime areas) and sergeant with a Taser.

“The purchase of Tasers should allow all our uniformed officers and field operations to have their own,” said Don Aaron, spokesperson for the police department.

Prior to the purchase, officers had to turn in their Tasers after each shift for the next shift to use.

Tasers mimic electrical signals in the body to interfere with communication between the brain and muscles. The company’s website says the guns “overwhelm the normal nerve traffic, causing involuntary muscle contractions and impairment of motor skills.”

The weapons are marketed to law enforcement and private citizens as a non-lethal force to stop violent individuals.

Aaron specified that not all special operations officers will be issued Tasers — school resource officers do not have them — but all 651 field officers will be issued one.