Three new officers with the Greenwood Police Department got hands-on Taser training Thursday. Sergeant Brandon Davis said the training helps veteran officers stay current with protocol.
"It also gives the new guys the opportunity to see what it feels like to be 'tased' so that they don't overuse it and abuse this tool," Sgt. Davis said.
The department said Tasers are sometimes used to break up a fight or to prevent a person from hurting them self or others. "It takes away the 'flight or fight,' which gives us an opportunity to go in and make the arrest without further injury to the suspect or to the officer," said. Sgt. Davis.
The new officers described the intense "muscle cramps" they got from being "tased."
"It sent me to the ground," said new officer J.R. Wheeler. "Looking back, I probably should've been a little bit more more nervous than what I was."
Josh Sallee said he felt "completely incapacitated."
Wheeler said going through the Taser training gives the officers credibility because they know what it feels like firsthand.
The new officers are headed to 12 weeks of training at the police academy in Camden. When they return home, they'll continue their training under the supervision of veteran Greenwood officers.