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HPD Uses Grant Money For Taisers

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The Hattiesburg Police Dept. received a grant, and what they've chosen to spend it on might shock you.

They're using a Burn Grant from the Dept. of justice to buy taisers.

Lt. Jon Traxler said it is a partnership grant between HPD and Forrest Co. from the Dept. of Justice each year.  They're able to spend the money however they see fit.

He said this grant will fund 7 taisers, and they will incorporate enough money to supply the rest of the officers with one into the budget.

Traxler says they are trying to meet the nation's average and better serve the public.

He says better technology helps keep officers and citizens safe.

"You don't have the injuries so to speak whenever you use the less than lethal such as the baton or something like that," Traxler said. "And also, people tend to comply faster whenever they see a taiser out, they tend to comply a little more quicker than without."

The Forrest Co. Sheriff's Dept. is buying 20 digital hand-held radios with their portion of the grant money.

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