HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two dozen officers with the Bergen County Police Department have been authorized to carry stun guns.
The county purchased 20 of the devices; half will go to patrol officers and the rest will be used by the county’s SWAT team.
Half of the county’s SWAT calls last year involved emotionally disturbed people, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported. Police will now have a non-lethal option to deal with such situations.
New Jersey was the last state in the nation to authorize the devices in 2006.