And prescription pills.
Lafayette police are looking into a new technology for their officer's that would allow them to quickly wrap a cord around someone who is just a few feet away.
Today was their first time testing it out.
News15's megan woods joins us with more.
So megan what is this?
It's called bola wrap and wait until you see how it all works.
Only 70 agencies across the country have it.
Today is just the first of many tests before lafayette p-d decides whether to officially buy the technology for officers.
But after seeing what it can do the department is interested--why?
Well take a look for yourself.
?nat?and that is the bola wrap 100.it has a 10 to 25 foot cord that can secure a person and wrap around them twice.
Donald de luccachief strategy officer, bolawrap21:50 the bola wrap was devised to be use early on in an altercation or disturbance if someone is not cooperating before you use a pain compliance so actually fills a gap in the tools law enforcement has todaybolawrap representative donald de lucca refers to it as remote handcuffs 21:36 the device was initially made for people in crisis in a health crisis being non compliant needing assistance it's what attracted lafayette police department to the technology.
Reginald thomas deputy chief, lafayette pd 17:25 the last thing we want to do is put our hands on anybody with a mental issue so what we do is we start off with communication and after that if you look at an officers a gun belt and see what he's carrying that's all he has to usebut this one demonstration isn't enough to seal the deal.l-p-d will have a few officers go through instructional classes and testing it out in the field before making a final decision.
19:14 we want to see if it works for us, it's different situations that offices will be in.
I can think of many situations in the past that it could have been used just knowing that and knowing that we might have another option other than using a taser other than using the other weapons i'm always interested in it lafayette police department's deputy chief says the technology would cost close to 900 dollars but says they don't put price on saving someone's life.
In studio, megan woods news 15.
Again lafayette police department hasn't officially purchased the technology and is still testing it out.
Bola wrap's rep says they have more than 1200 requests for demonstrations like the one they did