BIRMINGHAM,Ala. — A new crime fighting tool will be hitting the streets of Birmingham, soon. Birmingham police officers tested a new restraint weapon called BolaWrap.
It's designed as a non-threatening device that could be used in situations where deadly force is not warranted. The hand-held device ensures a safe space between a suspect and officer.
"The whole idea here is to create better options for law enforcement. So we could take people into custody even in a diversion, so officers can take them into custody without harm," said Chief Patrick Smith with Birmingham Police Department.
The training unit will use the device for now. Once they decide to move forward, they will then teach officers in the field.