POLICE Magazine

APR 2019

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POLICEMAG.COM 23 Klement's team has recently tested a number of projectile launchers, including the FN 303. ble shot capability of the Sage Deuce may be especially effective in patrol. "A lot of times officers don't have the opportunity to get a second shot off from a single-bar- reled launcher when they need to," he explains. Klement says the goal is to find an "option for patrol that will allow them to deal with a situation quicker" before it escalates. Pepperball's VKS (www.pepperball. com) looks a lot like an AR, except it is brightly colored to signify its less-lethal mission. Klement says that design could be a plus or minus in the field. "It could produce a force multiplier effect on some people," he says. VKS rounds are .68 cal- iber fin stabilized and conical for better aerodynamics than round paintball-type projectiles. "It has higher impact," Kle- ment says. FN's 303 (https://fnamerica.com) is being tested by Kle- ment's team for use in the jails. e problem, according to Klement, is that inmates are getting into fights and they have learned to avoid the area near the bars where deputies can spray them with OC. at is resulting in greater injuries to in- mates who are attacked and to deputies who have to wade into the melees. e FN 303 was tested in the jails and soon inmates who were hit with its fin-stabilized projectiles told other in- mates how much pain it causes. e result has been much shorter fights. THE WRAP RESTRAINT u One of the products that Klement is most excited about is not a weapon at all but a restraint device that could make both in- mates and deputies safer in the jails. e Wrap from Safe Restraints (www. saferestraints.com) is a multi-part sys- tem that can make it nearly impossible for a handcuffed inmate to resist depu- ties. "We've gone hands on and we need to keep this person under control," Klement explains. He says the Wrap is easy to use, can be quickly applied, and is "working wonderfully in the jails." Because of the positive reviews from Klement's test team and from deputies using it in the jails, the LASD is planning to buy the product. Like the other products tested by his unit, Klement has had first-hand experience of being secured in the Wrap. "I have to know these tools are going to work," he says. "If it doesn't work on me, it's not going to work on the offender." YOUR MISSION IS OUR MISSION. LAKEASSAULT.COM 715-395-2255 © 2019 Lake Assault Boats, LLC When it comes to your next patrol boat, Lake Assault is mission ready. We have a proven track record building custom patrol boats, fire/rescue cra, airboats, and more — for customers who keep coming back. Built at the Fraser Shipyards on the shores of Lake Superior, our patrol boats are designed and created to meet your needs — with whatever capabilities are required to complete your mission. "IF IT DOESN'T WORK ON ME, IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK ON THE OFFENDER." —SGT. TIMOTHY KLEMENT, LASD

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