United Kingdom Report on The Efficacy and Safety of BolaWrap®

Post Author: Wrap Technologies
Post Date: June 17, 2020

Report Recommends Consideration Should Be Given to BolaWrap® Being Provided to All Front-Line Officers

TEMPE, Arizona – June 17, 2020 – Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Wrap”) (Nasdaq: WRTC), an innovator of modern policing solutions, announced it has received a report about BolaWrap® authored by the following United Kingdom (UK) use of force experts:

Mr Eric Baskind LLB (Hons) LLM FHEA MCIArb
Consultant in the Legal and Practical Aspects of the Use of Force
Consultant and Expert Witness in Violence Reduction and the Safer Use of Force; Senior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University. Chair, Centre for Physical Interventions, British Self Defence Governing Body

Dr Anthony Bleetman PhD FRCSEd FRCEM DipIMC RCSEd
Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Warwick Medical School

Mr Peter Turner BSc Violence Reduction in Professional Practice
Violence Reduction Specialist / PMVA Operational Lead High Secure Services
West London NHS Trust, Broadmoor Hospital

Management Commentary

“We believe the 38-page report titled “Report on the Efficacy and Safety of BolaWrap®” provides valuable information to support law enforcement agencies around the world to consider BolaWrap for all front-line officers,” said David Norris, CEO of Wrap Technologies. 

“I worked with Dr. Bleetman extensively in the early 2000s and he was instrumental in helping introduce TASERs into the UK market,” said Tom Smith, President of Wrap Technologies. “Dr. Bleetman is extremely well respected and has worked in this space for many years - - I was very excited to see him involved with this project.  As expected, during the live demonstration of the BolaWrap, Dr. Bleetman was the first to volunteer to be wrapped and experience remote restraint.”

The UK Report lists the potential risk of injury to the subject of different interventions and use-of-force options in the following table:

United Kingdom BolaWrap


Report Recommendations:

  • BolaWrap® is a new device with limited operational experience to date. Accordingly, we recommend scenario reconstruction and operational trials so that the efficacy of the device can be determined to minimise any operational risks to police officers, subjects and third parties in the immediate environment.
  • We recommend that the potential role for BolaWrap® in UK policing is tested in reconstructions and in scenarios in which a CED was deployed so that a reasonable comparison can be made.
  • We recommend that Guidelines and Protocols should be drawn up for the use of BolaWrap®
  • We recommend that BolaWrap® use should be included within the national use-of-force reporting process so that its efficacy and association with injury can be identified and monitored.
  • Subject to satisfactory testing, and given the relatively low risk of injury to officers, subjects and third parties in the immediate environment, we recommend that consideration should be given to BolaWrap® being provided to all front-line officers.

The UK Report summary is available on the company website here, and law enforcement agencies may request the full report by contacting Wrap Technologies, Inc.

 

Declaration of Interest Statement
The Authors have been paid by Emergency Protection Ltd, the exclusive UK distributor for Wrap Technologies, for their time in researching and producing this report. The Authors have not entered into any arrangement with Emergency Protection Ltd or any other party where the amount or payment of their fee is in any way dependent on the outcome of this report. We know of no conflict of interest of any kind, other than which we have disclosed in this section. Dr Bleetman is a serving member of SACMILL, a UK Ministry of Defence advisory body. (Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons). He has advised the current chair of SACMILL that he is undertaking this medical review for BolaWrap who has cleared this with the Surgeon General. In the event that BolaWrap is brought before SACMILL for evaluation, Dr Bleetman will not be part of that process.

About Wrap Technologies (WRTC)
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company's BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to entangle an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company's Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement to safely and effectively control encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis. For information on the Company please visit www.wraptechnologies.com. Examples of recent media coverage are available as links under the "Media" tab of the website.

Trademark Information
BolaWrap is a trademark of Wrap Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.

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