LAMPASAS (February 15, 2013)--The Lampasas Police Department has ordered more than a dozen Tasers to add to their collection of self-defense tools.
Expected to arrive mid-March, the Taser X26Es will include their own holsters and camera that will be attached to the bottom of the Tasers' handle.
According to Lampasas Police Department Police Chief Tim Angermann, the cameras will record every motion and sound when in the armed position.
While there are 18 commissioned officers on the force, the 13 uniformed officers will each receive their own Taser so that they can keep track of its charge, Angermann said.
Angermann recommended the purchase after two patrol car windows were kicked out in recent months.
He said the devices will not be purchased with taxpayer dollars, but instead from seized funds and a local businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.
Approximately $17,000 will be spent on the tools intended to enhance officer safety and expand self-defense options.
The Lampasas Police Department is one of only a small handful in the state that has yet to implement the devices.
The Tasers will have a range of several yards and will allow the officer to subdue a person without using excessive force.
Each uniformed officer will go through an 8-hour training course on how to safely use the device as well as undergo yearly training.
A detailed police report will be made available each time an officer uses the Taser, a spokesperson said.