CHASKA, Minn. – The Chaska Police Department has launched a one-year pilot program to test the BolaWrap 100, a non-lethal restraint tool.
The handheld device projects a Kevlar rope 640 ft per second up to 25 feet. The rope, which has small hooks on either end, wraps around a subject one to three times, giving public safety officers a non-lethal option to deescalate situations by restraining a potentially violent subject.
“Our goal is to provide our officers and a subject with every possible opportunity to avoid a tragedy,” Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight said. “If this device performs as expected in the field, it will give us another way to achieve that goal.”
The Chaska Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Minnesota to utilize the BolaWrap 100 in the field.
Knight said he became aware of the BolaWrap through a video demonstration of its use and immediately was drawn to its potential to provide restraint in a non-lethal, non-injurious manner.
“This gives the officer on the street another option that can stop things before they escalate to a need for greater force,” Knight said.
The Chaska Police Department will assign one BolaWrap 100 to each of its patrol vehicles so that every officer will have access to the device.
The initial investment of $6,500 for the pilot program is being underwritten by a $5,000 donation from Michael Foods and drug forfeiture funds.
For more information on the BolaWrap device and the pilot program, visit the Chaska Police Department’s website.