CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Incidents caught on camera involving law enforcement and the public have sparked debates on the use of excessive force.
The Cedar Park Police Department hopes a new device will help them minimize force used – in all cases. “When there’s intoxication involved, there’s surprises everywhere,” said Officer Robert Ducroz. He asked the department to purchase the new equipment.
The device, called The WRAP, allows officers to restrain individuals in a safer manner. Once a person has been restrained, they cannot harm themselves or officers. It offers a shoulder harness to keep the person upright while avoiding applying pressure to the chest, a leg restraint to eliminate kicking and ankle straps that prevent blood flow restriction.
Typically, two or more officers will put the device on a person.
“It controls our use of force,” said Officer Ducroz. “Once we have the person under control, our use of force ceases at that time.” While the technology is new in Cedar Park, it’s been around for about 20 years. The company says use of The WRAP has never resulted in deaths or injuries.
Since getting the devices two months ago, Cedar Park PD has utilized them in roughly five incidents. “The last time I applied it, I sustained the ankle injury. I probably would’ve escalated to a taser. And we didn’t have to go there, because of this,” said Officer Ducroz.
As tensions between police and the public remain high, simple solutions like this may help solve some complex problems.