News Flash

News

Posted on: September 10, 2020

Police Department invests in BolaWrap as a tool to take people into custody

Mannequin with wrap

BEAUFORT, S.C. (Sept. 10, 2020) – The Beaufort Police Department has invested in the BolaWrap, a tool that makes taking people into custody safer for both officers and those they are arresting. The BolaWrap is a hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an 8-foot Kevlar tether that can entangle a subject at a range of 10-25 feet.

"We have been exploring ways to make the job safer for officers and those we encounter,” said Interim Chief Dale McDorman. “One of the most difficult things we do is take people into custody. We believe this will make it safer."

The device has four hooks at either end of the tether, which wraps around the subject. The “lasso” is designed to either restrain the arms or the legs. The device issues a loud pop as the tether is released at 640 feet/second.

The BolaWrap has been in use for about four years. It is now used by police agencies across the country, and in many other countries, according to instructor David Pritchard. It was actually designed to mimic the bolas, used in South America by wranglers to entangle an animal’s legs, he said.

Members of the media, as well as City Council members, watched a demonstration on Sept. 9, which was first shown on a mannequin and then on several live subjects, including Mayor Billy Keyserling, Mayor ProTem Mike McFee, and Councilman Stephen Murray.

Each BolaWrap costs $1,000. The department has purchased five of them, one to use on each shift, according to Capt. George Erdel, the department’s public information officer. Several officers in the department have been certified as instructors, he said. Training takes 4-5 hours.

This BolaWrap is another example of the Police Department’s commitment ensuring that its officers are trained in various methods that make encounters with potential suspects safer. Several officers have undergone training in Gracie Survival Tactics, a defensive system based on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

YouTube demonstration of BolaWrap

######

Find us:

facebook.com/CityBeaufortSC
twitter.com/CityBeaufortSC
instagram.com/citybeaufortsc
cityofbeaufort.org


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

Tree pruning utility

FAQ from Dominion on tree-trimming process

Posted on: December 21, 2020

Beaufort Preservation Manual to be updated

Posted on: December 17, 2020

Whitehall subdivision plan moves forward

Posted on: December 17, 2020
Stephen with family Melissa, Genevieve, left, and Josephine

Murray takes the reins in Beaufort

Posted on: December 16, 2020
Mayor Bill headshot

Mayor Billy embarks on next chapter

Posted on: November 30, 2020

How to make your holiday safer!

Posted on: November 12, 2020
PD logo

Police chief search narrows to top 3

Posted on: October 28, 2020

Beaufort narrows search for police chief

Posted on: October 22, 2020
wfp marina

$166K in ATAX grants go to tourism groups

Posted on: September 24, 2020
Cover

Council approves 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

Posted on: September 23, 2020

A video tribute to Sept. 11

Posted on: September 11, 2020
Kids on Arsenal hill

Waterfront Park playground now open!

Posted on: August 28, 2020