Police officers test new restraint technology
Police officers in Illinois are testing a new restraint weapon designed for situations where deadly force is not warranted. In the gun range at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, officers from several suburban police departments were testing the new technology, known as the “BolaWrap.” Read Full Feature
ABC 7 Eyewitness News
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KABC) -- Westminster police will be the first department in Orange County to start using the "BolaWrap," a new handheld device that could result in fewer officer-involved shootings. The "BolaWrap" operates as a restraint device that fires an eight-foot bola-style Kevlar tether at lightning speed to entangle a noncompliant suspect. "It comes out of the tool at 654 feet a second, so it's pretty fast," Mike Rothans, a "BolaWrap" official, said. Read Full Feature
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The BolaWrap 100 was used in an episode of CBS hit TV series, 'S.W.A.T.', during an intense mission where the S.W.A.T. team was attempting take down a perpetrator without injuring him. One of the team members accomplished just that using the BolaWrap 100. View Full Episode
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. Read Full Feature
The Birmingham Police Department is looking at a new non-lethal weapon that could help reduce excessive force incidents. Watch the video above to learn about the BolaWrap, a tool that "deals in restraint and not pain." Read Full Feature
One of the latest crime-fighting tools - a lasso of sorts- is being evaluated by the Birmingham Police Department as another non-lethal option to stop a suspect who is fighting arrest.
The BolaWrap 100 is a hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola-style Kevlar tether to entangle a suspect at a range of 10 to 25 feet. It looks much like an electric razor but sounds like handgun when fired. Read Full Feature
NBC Bay Area
There is hope from police that a new tool will help keep both officers and the community safer. The new weapon, a BolaWrap, looks like an electric razor, as big as a phone, and is meant to stop a running suspect in their tracks. Cops are starting to test the tool nationwide. The goal is to give police another non-lethal option when trying to arrest a suspect who is not cooperating. Read Full Feature
CBS 4 Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police in South Florida could soon have a new non-lethal tool in their arsenal. Officers from eight agencies got a look at Bola Wrap on Tuesday. The device fires a cord that entangles a suspect, wrapping around them so they cannot move. It can work from up to 25 feet away. The makers of Bola Wrap say it’s a safer alternative to other non-lethal tools like Tazers and pepper spray... Read Full Feature
The Salt Lake Tribune
Ken, wearing a black hoodie and loose-fitting blue jeans, stood straight with his arms pressed flat to his side. He didn’t speak and barely moved. Obscured beneath the bill of his black baseball cap, his eyes stared off from a man standing about 10 feet away.
The man pointed a black rectangle, about the size of two cellphones stuck together, at Ken and counted down from three. Read Full Feature
WGN 9 Chicago
WESTCHESTER, Ill. -- Some suburban police officers using a tactic borrowed from the Old West. In Westchester, the police force is testing a high-tech rope to catch criminals. The BolaWrap device shoots out kevlar ropes that wrap around a suspect and trip them up. Read Full Feature
CBS 3 Philadelphia
Philadelphia (CBS) — Police in San Jose, California could soon add some Batman-style technology to their arsenal. They are testing a new device that ties up someone’s arms or legs with a kevlar cord. It’s called the Bola Wrap, which is a high-tech version of an old-fashioned throwing weapon used to capture cattle. Read Full Feature
News 12 New Jersey
Edison (News 12 New Jersey) - California crime fighting goes high-tech Police in San Jose are testing a bola wrap to immobilize criminals. It shoots a rope around the suspect’s legs to keep them from running away. Read Full Feature
CBS 10 Tampa
Tampa FL (CBS 10) — The San Jose Police Department is among 45 other law enforcement agencies nationwide testing a Batman-style technology aimed to put a dent in crime. The non-lethal police tool, known as the "BolaWrap," is essentially a modern twist on a throwing device used to capture cattle, according to CBS Los Angeles. Read Full Feature Here
CBS 5 SF Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — San Jose police may soon be deploying some Batman-style technology to stop suspects in their tracks. It’s called the “bola wrap” — a high-tech version of an old-fashioned throwing weapon used to capture cattle. The device looks like a cross between a remote control and an electric razor. It shoots two metal pellets with hooks on the end, connected by a Kevlar string. Read Full Feature
The Mercury News
SAN JOSE — Police are planning to test out a new projectile device that could tie up someone’s arms and legs with a Kevlar cord, akin to a common way Batman stops fleeing foes. The tool’s designers and San Jose police hope the new BolaWrap, which looks like an electric shaver, could help officers restrain and subdue moderately resistant people safely and without significant physical force. Read Full Feature
KTLA 5 Westminster
Police gathered in Westminster Wednesday to try out a new nonlethal weapon designed to help officers avoid having to resort to their guns when subduing suspects. Las Vegas-based Wrap Technologies demonstrated its "BolaWrap," designed to tangle up suspects in a long cord, without causing serious injuries. Read Full Feature
Fox 32 Chicago
Suburban police officers test new restraint technology
It looks like something from Batman's utility belt, but it could be a new tool for police. A demonstration on Friday of a new restraint weapon designed for situations where deadly force is not warranted. In the gun range at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, officers from a half dozen suburban police departments were testing a new restraint technology called the “Bola Wrap.” Read Full Feature
WBBM NewsRadio Chicago
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In an era when police are under scrutiny for the way they bring suspects under control, police in the suburbs received Friday a demonstration on a new, less lethal kind of device. Read Full Feature
KY3-TV Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police in Springfield learned insight into a new non-lethal weapon.
Wrap Technologies demonstrated a tool called the Bola Wrap. It's a device meant to be worn on an officer's belt that fires a cord from a distance of 10 to 25 feet. Wrap Technologies says there are about 15 agencies across the United States testing the new weapon... Read Full Feature
Park City TV
Host Diego Romo talks with Captain Phil Kirk of the Park City Police Dept about a new non-lethal restraining tool called BolaWrap that the Park City Police Department is going to test and use.
Fox 2 Now Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. – A new restraint device that police can use instead of guns and tasers is being introduced all around the country. The BolaWrap 100 restraint device, engineered by Wrap Technologies Inc., is a new, non-lethal piece of police equipment that doesn’t rely on pain compliance like bullets or tasers. Instead, a Kevlar cord is shot at a target. “It wraps around the body twice and entangles your clothing to restrict movement of the arms and legs,” said Mike Rothans, spokesman for Wrap Technologies. Read Full Feature
KSDK 5 News Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. — It's technology police say could save lives and soon it could be in the hands of Ferguson officers. They say it's part of a new, more humane approach to police work. It's called BolaWrap 100. The handheld device launches a thin rope that wraps around a person. Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss invited the makers of the device to show area officers how it could help save lives. Read Full Feature
KMOV 4 News Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Thursday, police in Ferguson demonstrated a non-lethal tool to help deal with someone who seems combative. The BolaWrap is a small device that shoots a rope at the suspect, preventing them from running away. The police department tested the device on Thursday. Officials said it could be used when someone in mental distress does not want to cooperate. Read Full Feature
ABC 4 Utah
PARK CITY (News4Utah) - A new non-lethal device on the market could be a game changer for law enforcement in dangerous situations. Park City Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the state to test out the BolaWrap Wednesday morning, a hand-held device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar tether to restrain an individual from 10 to 25 feet away. Read Full Feature
Fox 13 Park City
PARK CITY – Park City Police is one of 15 law enforcement agencies from across the country testing out a new high-tech tool called the Bola Wrap. It’s aimed at helping officers deal with people in crisis. Makers of the Bola Wrap demonstrated its capabilities at the Park City Police headquarters. “It is a revolutionary product to the policing field,” said Michael Rothans, Sr. VP of Business Development at Wrap Technologies. “It is a non-lethal remote restraint device.” Read Full Feature
KSLA 5 News Park City
PARK CITY — A bang, a flash, and in an instant the demonstration mannequin's legs are bound together like something out of a comic book. "When I saw it, I thought, 'This is almost like Spider-Man technology,'" said Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter. "This gives us another option that we might be able to use to restrain somebody with less lethal force." Read Full Feature
WXIA 11 News Atlanta
Metro-Atlanta police department pilots new restraint device, prioritizes response to mental illness
LaGrange Police are currently testing the effectiveness of a new restraint device that could bring an alternative when physically handling those suffering from a mental health crisis. Read Full Feature
WSBTV 2 News Georgia
TROUP COUNTY, Ga. - Police have a new crime-fighting tool that they say could help in dangerous situations.
Channel 2's Linda Stouffer learned what officers testing the device say is the biggest benefit: safety. The BolaWrap is about the size of a flashlight, and it has a laser and a high-speed surprise. An extra-strong line shoots out and catches around a suspect’s ankle. Read Full Feature
WRBL 3 News LaGrange
LAGRANGE, GA - Some local law enforcement officers are learning about one company's high-tech crime-fighting tool.
BolaWrap, an agency that produces a non-lethal restraint device for officers to use in confrontations chose LaGrange as one of ten sites nationwide to demonstrate the new technology.
The Los Angeles-based company says LaGrange was among its top picks because of Police Chief Lou Dekmar's commitment to mental health initiatives. Read Full Feature
WTVM 9 News LaGrange
LAGRANGE, GA - Area law enforcement agencies across the country were given a first look and chance to test out a new, non-lethal device called the BolaWrap.
The BolaWrap is a remote restraint device designed to prevent unnecessary violent encounters.
“[LaGrange Chief of Police Lou Dekmar] is innovative when it comes to mental health issues,” said BolaWrap representative and former Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans. “We definitely wanted to work with him.” Read Full Feature
Saturday morning learning about how police are trained to use lethal force, the policies that govern when to use it and putting those skills into practice was an eye-opening experience for Elgin City Councilman John Steffen. “I learned today that there is so much more that goes into policing than I ever imagined,” Steffen said. Read Full Feature
On Friday, Las Vegas-based Wrap Technologies made the BolaWrap 100 available for departments to have hands-on time with at the Buffalo Police Department gun range in Illinois, according to WFLD-TV. The hand-held remote restraint device fires an eight-foot-long kevlar tether at a range of up to 25 feet. Read Full Feature
“BolaWrap,” a law enforcement product engineered and marketed by Wrap Technologies Inc.is developed with the sole purpose to incapacitate suspects, like a Tazer. But the BolaWrap, although electrically charged, does not generate electric shock throughout the human body; it simply ties up the suspect so that police officers can relatively subdue and more safely effect arrest Read Full Feature
The Daily Wire
Police are often faced with a situation in which a person struggling with mental illness or high on drugs presents a threat to the safety of others or themselves. If only there was a way to take them down without using lethal force. There soon may be if new technology being tested in Illinois gets put into routine use. Officers from several suburban precincts gathered last week at the Buffalo Grove Police Department to test a new tool called the “BolaWrap.” Read Full Feature