PTCPD set to ‘stun’ with new tasers

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 3:49pm
By: John Munford

Auto dealer ponies up $27K for program

PTCPD set to ‘stun’ with new tasers

With the click of a trigger and the crackling of electricity, Peachtree City police officers were introduced Wednesday to their Taser guns.

The jolt incapacitates a suspect to the point where they can no longer stand up. While the initial “blast” lasts just five seconds, the officers learned that the stunned feeling lingers a short while after the electrical burst ends.

Long enough, at least, for officers to swoop in and handcuff someone who refuses to follow orders and might be endangering others.

The devices were purchased thanks to a $27,000 donation from Nissan South/Kia of Union City.

Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark said he thinks the Taser guns will be used for combative persons who don’t commands. Previously such situations might have called for the use of pepper spray, but as Clark noted, in some cases people can still fight with their eyes closed.

Pepper spray “doesn’t incapacitate a person,” Clark said.

Lt. John Jenkins, who led the training session, warned officers that suspects on drugs such as cocaine will go right back to having those violent reactions as soon as the electrical shock wears off.

The gun fires two sharp probes connected by wires. The probes are designed to penetrate clothing and enter the skin to deliver the electrical shock that incapacitates the suspect.

Each gun also maintains a computer record of data from each time the gun is fired. Also, each firing results in a spray of micro-confetti with special serial numbers so it’s easy to determine where a shot was fired.

The tasers cost up to $900 each with accessories such as holsters, Clark said.

Before the training began Wednesday, Clark thanked Nissan South/Kia of Union City owner Scott Smith for the company’s donation. Smith and his team at Nissan South/Kia of Union City for helping with a program that will ultimately prevent injuries and save lives.

After viewing a demonstration of the taser’s effectiveness, Smith said he had reached out to the police department to try and meet a critical need.

Smith noted that more than half the company’s customers live in the Fayette area, along with his general manager, Sam Ajayi, who lives in Peachtree City.

The donation, Smith feels, is a way to give back — and be a part of — the community.

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Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 7:37pm.

Big Brother is here, and you are the special guest star everytime you leave the house. Lets see everyone by now has a camera phone.... Pass through the intersecetion yeap big bro is a watchin you... Hit the highway there he is again.. Cop just pass ya, chances are in the near future a divice will read your tag as he passes an alert him to your status should it not be in good standing. Got On Star, you are or can be tracked at any moment via sattelite.. Same thing with that cool phone strap to your hip that is G.P.S enabled. And if thats not enough for you to start listening to Maxwells old song "I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE SOMEBODYS WATCHING ME." There is always the eye in the sky.. So the old adage has come full circle.... You can run but you sure cannot hide.....BLESS...

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 8:44pm.

In western europe the cops have the equipment to take your tag number, and the photo via dash cam. The ticket is printed and sent to you. They never actually stop you or talk to you. Through the car rental places they can track you down and send you the ticket.

Big brother is always watching.

Submitted by mysteryman on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 8:01pm.

A speed trap consisting of only a radar engaged camera snapped a photo of my rental, lets just say we were seeing what it could do. Anyhow when we returned the rental at the end of our stay, we had a parting gift awaiting our arrival. No judge, no jury, no officer, just a photo, and a hold on our exit visa....NYCE...

Submitted by askari on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 4:41pm.

Thanks for supporting the larger community that supports your dealership. Seeing this makes me pleased that I bought a new Nissan from Nissan South 10 days ago - a great price and some good folks too.

It's nice to see that not everyone is using the economic downturn as an excuse not to be generous. I hope you see a rapid return on your gift.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 3:18am.

Wow, looks like Alan Vigil missed his chance to donate to the community they claim to support.. I'd say this is a better choice than pepper spray, after awhile pepper spray is harmless and I've seen people laugh after being hit with a big doze of pepper spray.

Now if the Citizen would proof read their stories for missing words and incomplete sentences in articles!

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Submitted by opustv on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 10:32pm.

the PTCPD would let us borrow a taser for the next city counsel meeting. Every time Mayor "Logjam" opens his mouth we could shock him until he closes it. We might actually get something done right around here.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 6:43pm.

Can I be the one that pulls the trigger? Pretty please?

Submitted by mysteryman on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 7:11pm.

Sure to be a shocking experience........NICE...I love the smell of burning skin....PEACE

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 6:57pm.

Perhaps only exceeded by the smell of Napalm early in the morning!

Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 7:27pm.

And is approaching me in a threatning manner, yelling profanities. Hmmm, What should i do???? Gun or tazer???? Guess we should have a coin toss eh... Best two out of three ehhh. Heads shock em....Tails Pop em..... Save the taxpayers some money and keep the I.A. investigation simple and ward off future lawsuits, should said assailiant become crippled from the taze... Pop em and drop em, Code 4 Inbound the Coroner.....What if ole taze malfunctions, ill take the my Chances on the well oiled GLOCK, let there be some smoke in the city.....PEACE....

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 9:28am.

What say others?

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 6:16pm.

in the hands of the federalized police-state stormtroopers.

Do you feel safer? I sure do...NOT!!!

In Liberty,


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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 7:34pm.

have to taze you Darth, they'd just bark at you, and you would roll over and offer up your throat.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 5:30pm.

after this little exchange. Looks like Chief Skip has his eyes set on a Nissan future, doesn't it? Maybe some tasers to the Union City PD might help us all out here in Fayette County, don't ya think? Wow, we will have tasered police on the GPS tracked cart paths now...I can't wait to see what the future holds...cameras at the boat docks on Lake Peachtree and traffic signals at Five Corners and Three Ponds.....speed bumps at The Jungle......Skip...thanks for keeping us safer than we ever (wanted to be), er..dreamed

Submitted by PTCFlicChick on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 4:49pm.

PTCGOIL and DarthDubious, I don't even know what to say other than your rants are confused and confusing. Seems like living in a city that was pro-active about keeping citizens and the law-enforcement officers safe would be a good thing....but maybe that's just me??

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 6:23pm.

you are brainwashed by the establishment and don't mind the possibility of someone dead from fibrillating after 50,000 volts are shot into them by some stormtrooper because she has a suspended license.

Another thing, if electrocution is banned(in favor of lethal injection) as a cruel and unusual punishment for MURDER, why are the police allowed to electrocute(punish) someone who hasn't yet been convicted of a crime? This is TYRANNY.

You brainwashed people need to wake up!!!

In Liberty,


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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 7:13pm.

that are part of the system.(eyes rolling)

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 10:40am.

Maybe we could equip volunteer golf cart cops with tasers.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 7:18pm.

That way a crime committed will be recorded so you can arrest the criminals.

Maybe we should put cameras in every shopping center parking lot.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 6:48pm.

The cameras in the parks here in PTC are FAKE! Really they are. I had a long conversation to the folks that put them up. In this case Big Brother wants you to think that he is watching. Hope no one ever is counting on one of these "cameras" to help with a murder or rape. That would be really sad.

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