Source: Bordentown Twp Police

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Bordentown Township Police have announced that 10 officers have started carrying tasers while on patrol.

Police Chief Brian Pesce says these devices will provide officers an “additional force option.” With many police-involved shootings getting national attention, the department hopes these devices will make it unnecessary for officers to resort to deadly force. The school resource officer is one of those trained to carry a device.

“The whole department (25 full time officers and 3 part time officers) attended an 8 hour block on de-escalation in 2017 and 8 of my officers are Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained which is a 40 hour course.”

Chief Brian PesceBordentown Township Police

Chief Pesce tells WBNC News there are more CIT training sessions coming in the Fall of 2018, and he anticipates having “the entire department certified and carrying the devices by the Spring of 2019.”